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Can West Nile Virus Lead To Liver Failure
Low likelihood: Most cases of west nile fever resolve spontaneously and completely. However, sometimes fatigue, headache, weakness, movement disorders, and concentration problems persist for weeks or months. Severe neuroinvasive disease can result in death or permanent disability. Mortality usually results from progressive neuronal dysfunction, cerebral edema, and respiratory failure.http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvb. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
This organ plays a major role in metabolism and has a number of functions in the body, including glycogen storage, decomposition of red blood cells, plasma protein synthesis, hormone production, and detoxification. It lies below the diaphragm in the abdominal-pelvic region of the abdomen. It produces bile, an alkaline compound which aids in digestion via the emulsification of ...Read more
What are the symptoms of the west nile virus? And if i get it and do get symptoms is their any way to treat it?
Wide variety : Fever, chills, gastrointestinal signs and symptoms, muscle aches, stiffness, pain, severe headache, alterations in sensorium and mental status and other neurological sign and symptoms may all occur. There is no specific treatment except managing the symptoms. Fortunately very few people get central nervous system involvement and most recover entirely. ...Read more
WNV vs Malaria: West Nile Virus is found in temperate & tropical areas of the world & has been detected predominantly Culex & Aedes mosquitoes. WNV is a viral infection that causes flu-like syndrome in 20% of those infected. < 1/1000 people die from WNV infection.**Malaria is usually found in tropical & subtropical areas. Only female Anopheles mosquitoes can act as a vector for Malaria. WNV is a protozoan > ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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West Nile Virus: About 20% of people who are infected w west nile virus may develop a rash. The rash is variable ; may be maculopapular or macular. Most people don’t have sx’s w west nile virus. An article entitled “characteristics of the rash associated with west nile virus fever” indicated that 33% of people w a rash had pruritus. ...Read more
Not yet: No antibiotics are approved for use against west nile virus. Attempts at using ribavirin, immunoglobulins & interferons to treat wnv patients have been inconclusive. Numerous new medications are in development now. Fortunately 80-90% of people who are infected with wnv have no symptoms or disease. The elderly are at highest risk. Severe wnv infections have decreased in the past 10 years. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 any organ system including the eye, joints,heart, and brain if left untreated. It is transmitted to humans by a deer tick. West Nile virus is transmitted by a mosquito and in most cases is asymptomatic. 20% get rash / fever. Encephalitis is rare. ...Read more
When there is an outbreak of west nile virus, how is the population of infected mosquitoes exterminated?
West Nile Rash: About 20% of people who are infected w west nile virus may develop a rash. The rash is variable ; may be maculopapular or macular. Most people don’t have sx’s w west nile virus. An article entitled “characteristics of the rash associated with west nile virus fever” indicated that 33% of people w a rash had pruritus. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Little: But avoid mosquitos.Get a more detailed answer ›
Standing water: Get rid of standing water - water in puddles, bird baths, old tires are nurseries for breeding mosquitoes. ...Read more
Which ones?: There are dozens of variants of HIV and West Nile virus. I believe the genomes for all of them have been sequenced and the sequences published. There are many open-source sequence-alignment software packages available for download. Many run better under Linux than Windows. Do you have a preference? ...Read more
Hard to say: Some studies have quoted mortality from neuroinvasive cases of wnv ~5%, but this must be a huge overestimate. Maybe 3 in 1000 of all cases are severe (or neuroinvasive), so you might guess less than 1 in 5000 cases die. Most of the deaths appear to come in the elderly, chronically ill or immunosuppressed. Treatment is mainly supportive (including intubation & ventilation in severe cases). ...Read more
I was bitten by two mosquitos and have since felt nauseous and got a rash on my upper back that went away. Did I get west nile virus?
What is the probability odds of getting West Nile virus from 1 mosquito bite under the elbow neat Fremont, CA (Bay area) where the virus was detected?
West nile virus: You have to be bitten by the mosquito that has fed on the wild bird that is infected with the virus. Not all mosquitos will be infected. Symptoms to watch for is fever, headache, mental confusion, tremors , or paralysis. Very yound and very old are more succeptible. ...Read moreSee 5 more doctor answers
A condition characterized by failure of the liver to perform its functions, which are vital for life. Liver has many functions: cleaning the body of toxins, processing food, producing proteins and blood clotting factors, modulating blood glucose. Failure can be seen: bleeding, fluid accumulation, yellow skin, no energy, confusion. Liver failure occurs acutely (rapid) ...Read more
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