West Nile Virus infection goes undetected in most individuals. In those that develop symptoms, they can range from mild headache, body aches and fever to more severe symptoms including weakness, mental status changes, flaccid paralysis, meningitis, encephalitis and death. Some patients also experience a rash.
- Severe West Nile Virus infection only occurs in one out of 150 of those infected.
- People over age 50, and folks whose immune systems are already compromised are at an increased risk for symptoms of West Nile Virus infection.
- Mild illness should be treated with rest, fluids, and the use of over-the-counter pain relievers.
- If you have concerns about your symptoms, please contact your physician.