West Nile Virus

By: Nolan Ruhland

WANTED: West Nile

SCIENTIFIC NAME: West Nile Virus

CLASSIFICATION: Virus

West Nile Attacks the Nervous and Muscular Systems, But There's Only One Type

TRANSMISSION

The West Nile Virus is transmitted by mosquitoes and blood.

The Elderly are Most at Risk, but Anyone can be Infected. People such as landscapers, construction workers, and anyone who works outside are most at risk.

CRIME

Some symptoms of the virus are fever, headaches, body aches, and skin rash.

If you get West Nile, some damage can be permanent muscle weakness, brain damage, paralysis, and death.

HIDEOUT

Watch out for standing bodies of water where a lot of mosquitoes could be. This is where they prefer to live and mate.

To defend against West Nile, wear bug spray when outside and drain all sources of standing water around your house.

There are no vaccines for West Nile, but staying away from mosquitoes will help avoid it.

There are no antibiotics, but bed rest will eventually get rid of the virus.