A member asked:

I have a donated organ, can i be more susceptible to complications caused by the west nile virus?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander answered

Specializes in Pathology

Yes: Since about 2005 it has been well-established that immunocompromised people are more likely than others to get serious brain involvement from this virus, which usually produces only asymptomatic infections but can can serious disease in anyone. More severe brain disease, and unusual forms, are reported in folks on immunosuppressive medications.

Answered 1/29/2012

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Dr. Bennett Machanic answered

Specializes in Neurology

If you are receiving: Immune suppressant agents to prevent organ rejection, you should be very careful, as the virus could be much more malignant under those scenarios.

Answered 9/12/2013

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