There is no way to predict how serious West Nile Virus will be in any given year. Most infections of WNV will result in no symptoms. About 1 in 5 people who are infected will feel sick but will recover on their own. It is estimated that approximately one in 150 persons infected with the WNV virus will develop a more severe form of disease.
While anyone can be infected with WNV, the chances of having a severe illness are greater as you get older or if you have a weakened immune system. Children are not at greater risk of illness from WNV.
Sunscreen & Repellent
Insect repellent may reduce the effectiveness of sunscreen. When using them together, sunscreen should be applied 20 minutes before outdoor activities, followed by repellent just before going into an area with mosquitoes.
Children should always cover up and wear a hat to ensure protection from the sun. Products that combine insect repellent and sunscreen are not recommended.