West Nile Virus is a mosquito-borne virus that can cause encephalitis (an inflammation of the brain) in people. Most people who are infected by this virus will experience no symptoms. Mild cases of encephalitis are detectable by slight fever or headache, while more severe cases incidents are marked by rapid onset of fever, with headaches, body aches, disorientation, tremors and convulsions. The most serious cases may result in death.
To minimize your risk of exposure to West Nile Virus, you should follow some simple precautions which are intended to minimize your chance of being bit by mosquitoes. View our Protect Your Home Against Mosquitoes (PDF) document for more information.
More information about West Nile Virus is available through the Health Officer at 847-499-9048.