With the 2014 West Nile Virus season upon us, remember that prevention is a key component to staying safe. There is no way to predict what the season will be like, and everyone needs to work to eliminate breeding sites around their homes, use repellent and dress appropriately if they are outdoors, especially from dusk to dawn when mosquitoes are most active.
West Nile virus is a virus transmitted by mosquitoes that affects the nervous system. It has been found in humans, birds, horses, and other animals, in Africa, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East. It first appeared in the US in 1999, and since then it has spread across the country. WNV typically flares up in the summer and continues into the fall. Everyone is at risk of being affected by West Nile virus. For more information on the West Nile virus including prevention tips and facts about the virus please read this fact sheet.