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what is west nile virus disease

A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
33 years experience Pediatrics
No, but ...: West nile virus is transmitted by mosquito bites. The mosquito injects the virus into the human or animal. There have not been cases of animal-to-huma ... Read More
Dr. Keith Ramsey
36 years experience Adolescent Medicine
No: Humans are "dead-end hosts" that means you can only transmit wnv to others through blood transfusions and organ donations.

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A member asked:
Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
41 years experience Internal Medicine
A : A person's risk of contracting west nile is very low, and less than 1% of those infected develop serious illness from the virus. The most high risk po ... Read More
Dr. Fraser Henderson
Specializes in Neurosurgery
Research health Dept: Mosquitoes can transmit life threatening viruses Check with the CDC for travel guidelines
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Weisman
36 years experience Neurology
Not much in common: Lyme Disease is caused by borrelia (a bacteria). West Nile Virus is caused by a virus. The former causes a targetoid rash and can infect just about an ... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
44 years experience Pathology
Uncommon: In 2010, the CDC reported 1021 proved cases in the USA, with 629 being neuroinvasive. If we take the retrospective studies of who has antibodies and ... Read More
A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lance Kurata
27 years experience Internal Medicine
Incidence of WNV: West nile virus was first identified in 1937 in uganda in eastern africa. It was first discovered in the United States in the summer of 1999 in new yo ... Read More
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
25 years experience Psychiatry
Only 1% have severe: sx. Most people don’t have sx’s w West Nile virus. Mild sx’s occur in about 20% of people; which can include fever, eye pain, generalized body aches, ... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Louis Petrie
35 years experience Travel Medicine
West Nile Virus: West Nile virus infection typically begins with the abrupt onset of fever, chills, muscle aches, headache, and flu-like symptoms. If these are things ... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Sturgis
29 years experience Pathology
CDC link...: West nile virus is a potentially dangerous infection that is spread by mosquitoes. I am providing a link to the United States centers for disease con ... Read More
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
44 years experience Pathology
Mosquitoes: Summer and early fall. It does not seem to be catching person-to-person.
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bennett Machanic
52 years experience Neurology
Very variable: In most cases, no actual symptoms, and in those who do get sick, very similar to a flu-like problem with generalized aching, low grade temp. Far less ... Read More

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