What are the symptoms and treatment?

Most people who are bitten by a mosquito with WNV will not get sick. People who do become ill may experience mild flu-like symptoms like fever, headache and body ache. It is estimated that less than 1 percent of the people who are infected with WNV become severely ill and require hospitalization. The elderly are particularly susceptible to illness caused by WNV.

Currently, there is no specific treatment for WNV infection. Since it is a virus, it does not respond to antibiotics. In severe cases, hospitalization and supportive care is important. If you have symptoms of West Nile Virus, call your doctor. For more information please call 530-265-1222.

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1. What is West Nile virus?
2. When was West Nile Virus first found in the United States?
3. Has West Nile Virus been detected in California?
4. How does someone get West Nile Virus?
5. What are the symptoms and treatment?
6. How can people protect themselves?
7. What is the state doing to control the spread of WNV?
8. Why is the public urged to report dead birds?