West Nile Virus is not something to fool around with.

If you are bitten by a mosquito that carries West Nile Virus, there's a chance will never even know. Next on the spectrum of possibilities are body and headaches, and this can ramp up to high fevers, convulsions, tremors, diarrhea, rash, a coma, and even death. Basically what I'm saying here is, you don't want to take the chance.

We received notice yesterday afternoon that West Nile Virus has arrived in Lubbock. Here's the scoop from the City of Lubbock:

The Biological Threat Research Lab at Texas Tech University notified Lubbock Public Health that mosquitoes carrying West Nile Virus (WNV) are active in Lubbock County. This notification means there is a risk of contracting WNV if bitten by a mosquito carrying the virus. Everyone is encouraged to reduce mosquito bites, especially as we prepare for outdoor activities associated with the 4th of July holiday. In response to this notification, vector control will increase spraying in the community.

Should you start exhibiting any of the symptoms of West Nile Virus, it's very important that you treat yourself accordingly. There are no shots, vaccines, or cures for West Nile Virus, you just treat the symptoms (such as aspirin for the headaches) and get plenty of rest and fluids.

As far as avoiding the virus, you just have to avoid mosquitos. Use the proper mosquito repellent, spill out any standing water, and I find it very helpful to stay away from tall grass. It's also helpful to avoid the dusk and dawn hours when mosquitos are most active.

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