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Health Department Warns of West Nile Symptoms

Flu symptoms could actually be West Nile Virus
PEORIA - With flu season around the corner people might think cough syrup and rest will do the trick, but that won't help if your symptoms are actually from West Nile Virus.

 The first human cases of the virus were recorded in both Peoria and McLean counties Tuesday. Common symptoms include fever, nausea, headache and muscle aches.

 While people might mistake those for the flu or even allergies, they could be something much more dangerous.

"The flu is going to run a few days. If you have a severe case of West Nile Virus there's people who have been sick for weeks or months. You know you can have permanent effects from very severe cases and is a form of encephalitis, it’s swelling of the brain it can cause permanent damage,” said Wil Hayes from the Peoria City/County Health Department.

If you do seek treatment for what might be the flu, Hayes recommends telling the doctor if you have been around mosquitoes. That way they will know to test for West Nile.
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