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Once a person has become infected, there is only one West Nile virus cure: time. Until there is a medicinal cure for the virus, prevention is your best bet. At this time, there is no West Nile virus vaccine. However, many scientists are currently working on this issue.

An Overview of the West Nile Virus Cure

Once a person has become infected, there is only one West Nile virus cure: time. Therefore, current treatment goals for West Nile virus are focused on providing relief of West Nile virus symptoms as the body fights the virus.
 
Fortunately, in most cases of West Nile virus, the body can effectively kill the virus. In fact, less than 1 percent of people who get bitten and become infected will get severely ill.
 

Research for a West Nile Virus Cure

A very active area of research is centered on developing a West Nile virus vaccine for humans. Though no West Nile virus vaccine is currently available for humans, many scientists are working on this issue. They hope that a vaccine will become available in the next few years.
 

Summary of the West Nile Virus Cure

Until there is a West Nile virus cure, prevention is your best bet. Avoiding mosquito bites decreases your risk of getting this disease, along with other diseases that mosquitoes can carry. Follow the suggestions below to reduce your risk:
 
  • Avoid bites and illness
  • Clean out the water around areas where you work and play
  • Help your community control the disease.
     
Remember, the chance of any one person becoming ill from a single mosquito bite remains low. The risk of severe illness and death is highest for people over 50 years old, although people of all ages can become ill.
 
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