How do people get West Nile encephalitis?
People get West Nile encephalitis from the bite of a mosquito that is infected-primarily the Culex group of species. The mosquito gets infected by biting a bird that carries the virus. West Nile Virus is not spread by person-to-person contact or directly from birds to people. Please call 309-467-3064 for more information.

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1. What is West Nile encephalitis?
2. How do people get West Nile encephalitis?
3. What is the transmission cycle of West Nile Virus in the environment?
4. Is it only humans who become ill when infected with West Nile Virus?
5. What are the symptoms of West Nile encephalitis?
6. What percentage of West Nile Virus cases are fatal?
7. What is the risk of contracting West Nile encephalitis?
8. Is there a treatment for West Nile encephalitis?
9. Is there a vaccine for West Nile encephalitis?
10. If bitten by a mosquito should I be tested?
11. Why is the state testing birds, and what should I do if I find a dead bird?
12. How can West Nile Virus infection be prevented?