West Nile Prevention and Care

By Christian Henson | chenson@ktalnews.tv

Published 08/15 2014 10:17PM

Updated 08/15 2014 10:33PM

If you are bit by a mosquito contract the West Nile Virus, Dr. Walter Bounds says your symptoms will most likely be "Body aches, fevers, headaches, sometimes you'll see sore throat, stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, rashes, generally flu like illness."

The number of cases in Louisiana keeps getting bigger but Bounds says that is normal for this time of year.

"There's more mosquitoes, the population is larger now and also the percentage of mosquitoes that carry the virus at this time of year is increased," Bounds said "so this is the time of year when you actually start seeing more of it."

But there are ways to protect yourself from mosquitoes.

Bounds said "[Use] Bug spray definitely and also trying to avoid the peak times when the mosquitoes are out obviously at night but also early in the morning and late in the evening."

John McCarty has lived in Shreveport his entire life but he's just now starting using bug spray every day.

"Kind of scared me a little bit to go outside," McCarty said " so I used to not spray anything but now I do."

While most cases of West Nile will be mild Bounds warns that there can be more sever cases.

"Symptoms that you should probably look for that might mean a more serious infection would be sever headache, neck pain or stiffness, confusion for sure," Bounds said "those are things you should definitely seek medical attention for immediately."

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