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  • West Nile virus is a viral infection spread by  mosquito bites.
  • A strain of the West Nile virus, called West Nile virus/Kunjin, is found in parts of Australia, particularly the Northern Territory and northern Western Australia.
  • Infection may be asymptomatic or can cause mild flu-like symptoms.
  • In very rare cases, infection can lead to serious complications such as meningitis and encephalitis.
  • Reduce the chance of being bitten by mosquitoes by wearing long, loose-fitting, light coloured clothing and use effective insect repellent in mosquito-prone areas.

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Reviewed on: 25-11-2020