(HealthDay News) -- West Nile Virus is an infection that is spread by mosquitoes, and is commonly found in Africa, West Asia and the Middle East.
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The virus made its way to the United States in 1999 and has been reported in 48 states, the American Academy of Family Physicians says.
Symptoms tend to occur 3 to 14 days after a person is bitten by an infected mosquito.
The academy suggests how to avoid the infection:
- Dump any standing water near your home that could provide a breeding ground for mosquitoes.
- Repair any tears in window screens.
- Stay inside during dawn, dusk and early evening.
- Use an insect repellent containing DEET.
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