Recently, we discovered that the West Nile Virus has affected some of our neighbors. As cases grow, we want to share what people should know and how they can protect themselves and their families from getting infected.

According to the CDC, the West Nile virus (WNV) is the leading cause of mosquito-borne disease in the continental United States. It is most commonly spread to people by the bite of an infected mosquito.

There are no vaccines to prevent or medications to treat West Nile, and most infected people do not show any symptoms. 

About 1 in 5 people who are infected develop a fever, headache, body aches, joint pain and vomiting, with fatigue lasting anywhere from a week to months. 

About 1 out of 150 infected people develop a serious, sometimes fatal, illness. You can reduce your risk of WNV by using insect repellent and wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants to prevent mosquito bites.

Places like Howard’s Ace Hardware offer bug spray and various mosquito repellents for outdoor and indoor areas.