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A person can contract West Nile Virus via mosquitoes and, despite what the nomenclature suggests, is prevalent in many countries across the world. Unlike several other mosquito-borne diseases such as malaria, dengue, and yellow fever, in most cases, West Nile is not a severe condition. In many people, it causes no symptoms. However, in rare cases, serious health problems may ensue. Regardless of the mildness or severity of the manifestation, anyone exhibiting the following symptoms of West Nile should consult a physician for treatment as soon as possible.

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1. Fever

When symptoms do appear in those affected by the West Nile Virus, fever and headache are most apparent. In many cases, these flu-like symptoms are mild. For example, you will have a low-grade fever and dull headache.  People often mistake their condition for malaise or a minor virus and take over the counter medication for relief. No further treatment is usually necessary. In less than 1 in 100 patients, the fever can get intense, which may be due to West Nile infecting other places in the body.

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