Treat & Effectively Manage West Nile Virus in Williamsport, PA
The West Nile virus is a disease that can cause infections in humans through infected mosquitoes. People at the highest risk for getting infected are those with greater exposure to the outdoors.
West Nile Virus Symptoms
About 70-80 percent of people who become infected with the West Nile virus show no symptoms. However, for people who do show signs, symptoms can appear anywhere from two to 14 days after being bitten (known as the incubation period).
Some people may develop febrile illness. Approximately one in five infected people develop the following symptoms:
- Body aches
- Joint pains
Most people who suffer from this type of West Nile virus disease tend to fully recover, but the fatigue and weakness can last for weeks or months.
A very small percentage of people (less than one percent) develop a serious neurological illness, like encephalitis or meningitis, which leads to inflammation of the brain or surrounding tissues. Neurological illness symptoms include headache, high fever, neck stiffness, disorientation, coma, tremors, seizures or paralysis. About 10 percent of people who develop neurologic infection due to West Nile virus die.
Mild symptoms usually go away on their own, but for more serious infections that require immediate medical attention or hospitalization, Find a Provider at UPMC Susquehanna.
West Nile Virus Causes
The West Nile virus can be transmitted to humans and animals through infected mosquitoes; however, you cannot get infected by touching or contact with an infected person or animal. Typically, infections happen during warmer months when mosquitoes are more active.
West Nile Virus Treatment & Prevention at UPMC Susquehanna
While vaccine or antiviral treatments do not exist for West Nile virus infection, over-the-counter pain relievers may help alleviate some symptoms, like a fever. For more severe cases, patients may need to be hospitalized.
The best way to avoid the West Nile virus is to lower your risk for a mosquito bite. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends you use insect repellants, wear long sleeves, long pants and socks when outside, and stay indoors during times of the day when mosquitoes are most active (from dusk to dawn).
Infectious disease specialists at UPMC Susquehanna specialize in the best care and treatment for the West Nile virus in Williamsport, PA, and the surrounding areas.