What is West Nile Virus? West Nile Virus is a potentially serious illness. Experts believe WNV is established as a seasonal epidemic in North America that flares up in the summer and continues into the fall.

What are the Symptoms of WNV? About one in 150 people infected with WNV will develop severe illness. The severe symptoms can include high fever, headache, neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness, vision loss, numbness and paralysis. These symptoms may last several weeks, and neurological effects may be permanent. Up to 20 percent of the people who become infected have milder symptoms such as fever, headache and body aches, nausea, vomiting and sometimes swollen lymph glands or a skin rash on the chest, stomach and back. Symptoms can last for as short as a few days, though even healthy people have become sick for several weeks. Approximately 80 percent of people (about four out of five) who are infected with WNV will not show any symptoms at all.

WNV is spread by the bite of an infected mosquito. Mosquitoes become infected when they feed on infected birds. Infected mosquitoes can then spread WNV to humans and other animals when they bite.

People typically develop symptoms between three and 14 days after they are bitten by the infected mosquito. Generally, infected persons will get better without medical treatment. If you develop symptoms of severe WNV illness, such as unusually severe headaches or confusion, seek medical attention immediately. Severe WNV illness usually requires hospitalization. People over the age of 50 are more likely to develop serious symptoms of WNV if they do get sick and should take special care to avoid mosquito bites.

'Take it to the Polls'

"Take it to the Polls" is the campaign to remind voters to bring their photo ID to their polling place. It's a new Kansas law and it's easy. All you have to do is show your driver's license, state identification card, military ID or other simple IDs. Don't let this easy law keep you from voting. Take it to the polls and vote.

Thanks for help

This year, 2012, is the 40th anniversary of Meals on Wheels in Garden City. Many thanks to the RSVP volunteers and Duane Riley who delivered Meals on Wheels last week.

Are you interested in helping with Meals on Wheels? Substitute drivers are always needed. If you would like to help, call Patti at 272-3620 or 260-6282.

Scheduled activities

Thursday, TOPS Club will meet at 9 a.m., followed by art class at 10 a.m. Gentle exercise begins at 11 a.m. The Ambassador Singers practice at 1 p.m. Also at 1 p.m. is a Domino Tournament. Yoga begins at 6:30 p.m.

Friday begins with line dancing at 8:30 a.m. Craft Shop check-in/out is from 10 a.m. to noon. A nurse from St. Catherine Hospital will be here from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Friday is National Watermelon Day. Join us for slices of watermelon at noon for lunch. Bridge starts at 12:45 p.m. The association covered dish dinner begins at 6 p.m. Bring a covered dish and enjoy the music of "Too Many Strings."

Saturday, the pool room is open from 1 to 4 p.m.

Monday begins with walking at 8:30 a.m. The Humdinger Band practices at 12:30 p.m. Double pinochle begins at 12:30 p.m. The Upbeats Band practices at 3 p.m. Duplicate bridge meets at 7 p.m.

Tuesday is Election Day. Don't forget your photo ID when voting. Gentle exercises are at 11 a.m. Pitch begins at 12:30 p.m. Bridge starts at 1:15 p.m.

Aug. 8 has line dancing at 8:30 a.m. Pinochle begins at 12:30 p.m. Completely Unraveled and Life Writing meet at 1 p.m. The regular Wednesday night dance begins at 7:30 p.m. The band this week is "Thistle Down." The recommended donation is $5. Bring finger food for the break.

Lunch menus

Lunch is served at noon.

Thursday: Porcupine meatballs on noodles, broccoli and cauliflower salad, wheat bread, brownie.

Friday: Chuckwagon steak with a bun, tator tots, deli fixins, rosy applesauce.

Monday: Cheeseburgers with fixins, tri-tators, peaches.

Tuesday: Tahitian chicken, scalloped potatoes, creamy peas, wheat roll, fruit mix.

Aug. 8: Swiss steak and tomatoes, baked potato, mixed veggies, wheat bread, strawberries.

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