Cases of mosquito-borne illness La Crosse encephalitis seen throughout southern West Virginia

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GLEN JEAN, WV (WOAY) – A mosquito-borne disease is making the rounds in southern West Virginia. 

La Crosse encephalitis is common in the state around this time of year, but researches have noticed an increase in cases for this summer compared to previous years.

According to the CDC, it only causes mild symptoms such as fevers, headaches, nausea, vomiting and fatigue. However it can still be irritating, especially for children. In some cases with children it can even lead to severe neuro-invasive disease, which can potentially cause seizures. 

Eve West with The National Park Service says that to stay safe, you should plan your outdoor activities around the risk of mosquitoes. 

“Even though the evenings are actually probably better for hiking, that’s also the time that you’re gonna encounter more mosquitoes. So be a little considerate about what time of day that you’re gonna be out. You’re gonna encounter them less during daylight.”

It’s also recommended to use bug repellent and avoid standing water when you head outside for longer periods of time.