West Nile Virus
Where it’s common: Temperate and tropical regions like East Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean.
What to watch for: Got a run-of-the mill mosquito bite? Fret not. Is it coupled with fever, fatigue, headache, nausea, vomiting, swollen lymph glands, and a rash on the chest, stomach, or back? It’s time to seek medical attention. Eighty per cent of WNV cases are asymptomatic, so it’s crucial to take preventative steps. Wear long sleeves, use insect repellant with higher doses of active ingredients like DEET and picaridin, and use a bed net.