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what does west nile look like?

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Dr. Lonna Larsh
Family Medicine 30 years experience
Fever, headache, etc: Most infections are without symptoms. 20% get west nile fever. Less than 1% of those with wn fever get neurologic problems. Symptoms of wn fever: sudden fever, fatigue, headache, body aches, skin rash. Symptoms of neuro-invasive disease: neck stiffness, confusion, seizures, paralysis (inability to move) similar to polio.
Dr. Vance Harris
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Virus pic: This is an electron microscopy shot of the virus.

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A 40-year-old member asked:

Hey could heat be causing rise in west nile this year?

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Dr. Michael Sparacino
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Yes: Anything that increases the mosquito population, such as warm, moist conditions, will help west nile spread.
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A 18-year-old male asked:

How prevalent is west nile disease right now?

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Dr. Jared Adams
General Practice 11 years experience
CDC: The cdc keeps close tabs on this virus. Most people who get it aren't symptomatic and will never realize they had it. 1% get a severe neuroinvasive version requiring hospitalization. It has been reported in almost every state. In your state of louisiana there have been 4 neuroinvasive cases of west nile this year. http://www.cdc.gov/westnile/index.html.
A 49-year-old member asked:

Can human be injected with west nile and still live? Can any docs explain?

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Dr. Chirag Patel
Specializes in Neurology
Mostly asymptomatic: ~75% of patients infected with WNV are asymptomatic and ~20% have self-limiting symptoms including fever, headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea, and rash. Less than 1% of patients go on to develop encephalitis or meningitis, which require hospitalization. Many factors influence whether the virus penetrates the central nervous system. Ref: http://www.cdc.gov/westnile

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