The West Nile virus has been around for a while and Maryland has confirmed it’s first case for this year. West Nile virus is a mosquito borne disease that affects the nervous system. The elderly and people whose immune systems are compromised are most likely to get sick from the West Nile virus. The Maryland Department of Health confirmed the first case for the year. This person is an adult and lives near Washington, D.C.
The infection to the incubation period for the virus is 3 to 14 days. Symptoms for the mild form of the virus is:
- Headache, body aches, or pain in your eyes.
- Skin rash.
- Feeling tired.
- Not feeling hungry.
- Feeling sick to your stomach or throwing up.
- Swollen glands (lymph nodes).
In some cases infection of the virus can lead to encephalitis, myelitis, and meningitis.