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Few people show symptoms of the West Nile Virus

Eddie Garcia
August 19, 2019 07:26 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— Healthcare providers are urging the public to take precautions against West Nile virus after one case was reported in Dona Ana County.

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Thanks to ample river flow, mosquito populations are flourishing, but UNM Doctor of Infectious Disease Meghan Brett said the virus is still rare.

“If they do develop an infection, they have no symptoms, so that is about 80% of people,” Brett said.

If symptoms do develop, Brett said they will be similar to the flu.

“That usually will be fever, some muscle aches—kind of feels more like the flu without any cough or runny nose,” she said.

In serious cases, the infection can spread to the brain. According to Brett, typically that occurs in patients older than 60.  

Wearing long sleeve clothing and pants and avoiding outdoor activity during dusk and dawn can lower the risk of contracting the virus.

“Not every mosquito has West Nile Virus so just because you got a mosquito bite doesn't mean that you will develop West Nile so that's important,” Brett said.

If you'd like to learn more about West Nile virus and its symptoms, click here.

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