Northfield Township Tim Rueckert
ROAD DISTRICT Highway Commissioner

West Nile Virus and Controlling the Skeeters

The virus occurs in people primarily in the late summer or early fall. People with a weakened immune system or over 50 years old have the highest risk of developing a severe illness after being bitten by an infected mosquito. However, anyone can get the virus.

TrashPeople with mild infections may experience fever, headache, body aches, skin rash, and swollen lymph glands. People with more severe infections may experience high fever, headache, stiff neck, confusion, coma, tremors, occasional convulsions and paralysis. West Nile virus can cause permanent neurological damage and may be fatal. The illness will occur usually within 5 to 15 days of being bitten by an infected mosquito. If you have any of these symptoms, please seek medical care immediately.

Remember, a majority of people that are infected with the virus never notice more than the usual itch or experience only mild illness. While most people fully recover from the virus, in some severe cases hospitalization may be needed.

Unfortunately, there is no specific treatment or vaccine for West Nile virus.

Reduce Your Risk of Mosquito Bites

Eliminating breeding sites for mosquitoes goes a long way to prevent West Nile Virus.