West Nile Virus
In many countries, mosquitoes spread the West Nile virus (WNV). There are normally no symptoms, and the condition improves on its own.
WNV vaccination is presently unavailable. While visiting high-risk locations, you should use insect repellent and mosquito netting to prevent mosquito bites.
The majority of those infected with WNV show no symptoms.
Some patients have moderate flu-like symptoms, a skin rash, and a general feeling of being ill. Without treatment, the infection typically fades away on its own.
The virus does not spread. You can only acquire it if you are infected by a mosquito that bites you. Individuals over the age of 50, as well as those who have other conditions such as cancer, diabetes, or hypertension, are at a greater risk of becoming critically ill.
- Muscle weakness.
- Seizures (fits)
- Severe WNV infections require hospitalisation. It can cause meningitis and encephalitis in rare circumstances.
When to see a doctor
Consult a doctor if you experience symptoms of the West Nile virus during travelling. Inform your doctor if you’ve recently travelled or if you’ve gone to a mosquito-infested environment.