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Symptoms of West Nile Virus FAQs

1.  Who is at risk for getting West Nile Encephalitis?

All residents of areas where virus activity has been identified are at risk of getting West Nile Encephalitis; persons over 50 years of age have the highest risk of severe disease.

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2.  What are the symptoms of West Nile Encephalitis?

Most infections are mild, and symptoms include fever, headache, and body aches, occasionally with skin rash and swollen lymph glands. More severe infection may be marked by headache, high fever, neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness, paralysis, and, rarely, death.

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3.  What is the incubation period in humans (i.e., time from infection to onset of disease symptoms) for West Nile Encephalitis?

Usually three to 15 days.

(Information on this page obtained from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

For West Nile Virus information updates call toll free: 877-WNV-BIRD (877-968-2473)

WestNile.ca.gov

Centers for Disease Control information on West Nile Virus

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