June 23, 2008

CDC West Nile Virus expert contracts West Nile Virus

He didn't contract the illness from his job, but at his home.  Approximately 1.5 million Americans have been infected with West Nile, and about 300,000 have had symptoms. 

Typically, symptoms include a period of fever and aching, chronic fatigue can sometimes set in for months after the initial symptoms, it can also sometimes lead to neurological diseases that can be fatal.  Mosquito repellent with DEET, and making sure that there are no places with standing water around where you live or are at are the best ways to avoid getting West Nile. 

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