One in five persons infected with the virus will exhibit symptoms, which can include:
- Body aches
- Skin rash
These symptoms can last for several days to months.
One in 150 people infected with the virus will require hospitalization. Severe symptoms include high fever, muscle weakness, neck stiffness, coma, paralysis and possibly death.
If you find any dead birds or squirrels (which could be a sign of West Nile virus), report them by calling the West Nile Virus Dead Bird Hotline at 877-968-2473.