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Effects of West Nile virus

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Just as Lyme disease is preventable with the proper precautions in many cases, West Nile virus can be too. The news hasn't really seemed to cause a big change in behavior and it's important that people understand the importance of preventing the virus. People who develop West Nile virus can be left with chronic pain and other problems.

What is West Nile Virus?

mosquito_imageafter West Nile virus is an illness that is spread through mosquitoes. It can't be passed from one person to another – with one exception. People who donate blood and are found to have West Nile will have their blood discarded so it can't be passed on to someone else.

Most people who are bitten by West Nile virus infected mosquitoes don't get sick, but if the infection does take hold, the effects can be long lasting.

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