What is West Nile virus?
West Nile virus is an arthropod-borne virus (arbovirus) most commonly spread by infected mosquitoes. West Nile virus can cause febrile illness, encephalitis (inflammation of the brain) or meningitis (inflammation of the lining of the brain and spinal cord).

West Nile virus transmission has been documented in Europe and the Middle East, Africa, India, parts of Asia, and Australia. It was first detected in North America in 1999, and has since spread across the continental United States and Canada.

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1. What is West Nile virus?
2. How do people get West Nile virus?
3. How soon do people get sick after getting bitten by an infected mosquito?
4. What are the symptoms of West Nile virus disease?
5. How can people reduce the chance of getting infected?
6. What repellent should I use?
7. How do birds get infected with West Nile virus?
8. Do birds infected with West Nile virus die or become ill?
9. What should I do if I find a dead bird?
10. Where can I report a problem with mosquitoes?