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Dozens of states are reporting a boom in cases of people contracting West Nile Virus.
Cases of the disease have been confirmed in 36 states including California, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina and Texas, according to the CDC.
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Several local health departments have issued warnings urging residents to stay safe, especially after deaths were confirmed in Iowa, Texas and North Carolina.
Health experts say that they expect the incidence rate to only keep increasing as the scorching heat drags on, and are encouraging the public to protect themselves.
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West Nile Virus is a disease that is spread through bites of mosquitoes, which become infected after feeding on infected birds.
Cases generally tend to spike during the summer and fall months, between June and September, when activity is the most common.
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Although most people don't develop symptoms, approximately 20 percent of those infected will develop an infection known as West Nile Fever, according to the CDC.
Symptoms include severe headaches, fever, vomiting and diarrhea, with the agency recommending to seek immediate medical attention.
Vaccine - West - Nile - Virus - Pain
Although there is no vaccine to protect against West Nile Virus, over-the-counter pain medication can help treat symptoms such as fever.
The illness can sometimes be fatal with about one out of 150 infected people dying from complications due to the...
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