West Nile Virus: Entering the peak season

Published: Aug. 5, 2016 at 9:16 AM CDT
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Amid the kickoff of the Olympic Games in Rio, concerns continue about the mosquito borne Zika Virus. However, local Health-care officials say here at home our biggest threat is not Zika, but instead another virus that was here long before it.

About four years ago parts of the nation were on high alert due to a West Nile Virus Outbreak. Four years later and that's not the case. However, District Six Health Officer, Christy Thornton, with the Mississippi Department of Health says that deadly virus still poses a threat.

"We are getting to the peak season of August and September. So, we may see more," says Thornton.

Because we are entering the peak season for the transfer of that mosquito borne virus, she says now is the time to take necessary precautions.

"Try to avoid any standing water in tires, flower pots or

anything that may breed mosquitoes."

Doctor Thornton says it's also important to use bug spray, and to try to avoid going outside at dusk and dawn because they are peak times for mosquitoes. By doing this she says you're not only protecting yourself and your loved ones from the spread of the Zika Virus if it were to turn up here, but also from West Nile.

"Probably the most concerning would be the West Nile Virus because we do have mosquitoes with West Nile here," says Doctor Thornton.

Some symptoms of the West Nile Virus include:

1. Fever

2. Headaches

3. Body Aches

4. Skin Rash

5. Tremors

6. Paralysis

If you think that you have contracted the West Nile Virus, you are advised to seek medical attention.

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