West Nile Virus Returns to U.S.
Written by Lauren McMillen
Last updated on August 24, 2014 @ 7:33PM
Created on August 24, 2014 @ 6:40PM
Summer may be coming to a close, but that's not keeping the mosquitos from going away just yet.
According to new reports, the West Nile virus is back on the rise. No confirmed cases have been reported yet here in the Mountain State, but six people suffered from the virus last summer.
These creepy crawlers are best known for carrying the deadly disease in the hot, sticky months. West Nile is a vicious virus. It can affect people of all ages just through one small bite.
There are two cases to look out for. The first type can affect the brain and spinal cord and could even leave you impaired. The other case is not as severe and many people show no symptoms at all.
So how can you keep yourself safe from the flying critters?
Experts say make sure to wear long sleeves and long pants, use bug spray, and be sure to get rid of any type of standing water.
Doctors and scientists are still working to find a vaccine.
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