West Nile virus
West Nile virus (WNV) is a virus that's found in many countries around the worldand spread by mosquitoes.
Most cases of WNV are not serious and many people have no symptoms or only mild Bird flu -like symptoms, such as headaches , muscle aches and a high temperature(fever).
Seriousproblems occur infewer than 1 in 100 people infected with the virus,but can include infection of the brain ( encephalitis ), spinal cord, and tissues surrounding the brain and spinal cord ( meningitis ), which can be fatal.
Signs of a severe infection can includemuscle weakness, disorientation, seizures (fits) and loss of consciousness.
You should seek medical advice as soon as possible if you develop symptoms of WNV while you are travelling or after you return home. Make sure you tell the health practitioner where you have been travelling.
West Nile virus (WNV) is a virus spread by mosquitoes that is found in many countries around the world.
Despite its name, WNVisfound in many parts of the world, including: Africa west and central Asia The Middle East Europe, particularly southern Europe North, Central and South America The Caribb
WNV can usually be diagnosed witha blood test . If meningitis is suspected,a sample of cerebrospinal fluid (the fluid surrounding your brain and spinal cord) will be removed during a lumbar puncture a
As there is no specifictreatment or vaccine for WNV, it's best to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes when visiting affected areas. The mosquitoes that carry WNV are most active around dusk and dawn. Yo