West Nile Virus Directory
West Nile virus causes an infection that is spread by certain kinds of mosquitoes. Most people who have West Nile have no symptoms, or their symptoms are so mild that they may not even realize that they have the virus. In rare cases, West Nile can lead to swelling of the brain (encephalitis), swelling of the spinal cord (myelitis), or swelling of the tissues around the brain and spinal cord (meningitis). In a few cases, West Nile can be fatal. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about how West Nile virus is contracted, what it looks like, how to treat it, and much more.
Answers About West Nile Virus
Get answers to questions about West Nile virus.
Avoid Mosquito Bites and West Nile Virus
Learn how to protect yourself from mosquito bites, which could lead to infection with the West Nile virus.
The Symptoms of Encephalitis
Learn about symptoms of encephalitis from the experts at WebMD.
Rid Your Yard of Hidden Mosquitoes
Help rid your yard of mosquitoes by learning where they can hide and breed.
Mosquito Repellents: What Works
From zappers to catchers to candles to sprays, mosquito repellents come in many forms. But which ones work? We'll tell you.
Summer Health Risks vs. Realities
The news media are so full of warnings about potential summer health hazards that you may wonder, as the season wears on, how anyone ever comes through unscathed.
Summer Travel Health Advice
Looking for travel health advice? Our experts cover everything from SARS to avoiding blood clots so you can have a safe summer trip.
How to Be Repellent -- to Bugs
Want to avoid bug bites this year? Get them before they get you.
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Summer Skin Hazards
Don’t let sunburn, poison ivy, and jellyfish stings sabotage your healthy skin. Learn about these and other dangers so you can stay safe this summer.
Diseases Spread by Mosquitoes
Mosquitoes are more than a nuisance. WebMD explains the latest on the dangerous diseases they can carry, from Chikungunya to Zika.