West Nile Fever: A few months ago in Kerala, India, a seven-year-old boy lost his life due to West Nile fever. The West Nile Virus (WNV) affected the boy’s nervous system. Due to which difficulties increased and he died due to heart attack. The West Nile virus, like dengue, malaria and Chikungunya, is also spread by mosquitoes. This Culex mosquito is more active in summer.

West Nile fever in summer increases the risk of mosquito-borne infections, so caution should be exercised. The virus can also be spread through contact with other infected animals, their blood or other tissues. It can also be spread through organ transplantation, transfusion and breast milk.

What are the symptoms of West Nile Fever?

West Nile fever initial symptoms include fever, headache, fatigue, body aches, nausea, vomiting, skin rashes (only occasionally) and swelling of lymph glands. As the condition becomes severe, neck stiffness, disorientation, coma, tremors, muscle weakness and paralysis may occur.

How to avoid this disease?

1. The best way to avoid this infection is to avoid mosquito bites. And whenever you go outside, use a long trouser and full sleeve shirt to cover your body well.

2. Mosquitoes can lay eggs in a pot of money plant or water tanks roof if they are not appropriately covered.

3. Always use a mosquito net and mosquito repellent.