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Can west nile virus lead to liver failure?

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 more

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Dr. Shari Jackson
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Liver (Definition)

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


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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?

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

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Can you tell me how is malaria and west nile virus different?

Can you tell me how is malaria and west nile virus different?

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 more

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Can west nile virus infect by unborn child?

Can west nile virus infect by unborn child?

West Nile virus: There have been reports of possible transmission of the virus from mother to child during pregnancy or breast feeding, but these have been rare and not confirmed conclusively. ...Read more

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What does the west nile virus rash look like?

What does the west nile virus rash look like?

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

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Will antibiotics work against west nile virus?

Will antibiotics work against west nile virus?

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 more

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I got bitten by a mosquito will i get west nile virus?

WNV: Although west nile virus is now in most of the us, the majority of mosquitoes are not infected. You would have to be bitten by an infected mosquito. ...Read more

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What is recovery rate from West Nile virus causing encephalitis?

What is recovery rate from West Nile virus causing encephalitis?

Variable: A case of West Nile virus with encephalitis recover but takes long time , prolonged recuperation and need rehabilitation for a long time . They may have some memory loss or weakness of limbs ...Read more

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What are the differences between Lyme disease and the west nile virus?

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

Dr. Robert Rahimi
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Liver Failure (Definition)

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


Virus (Definition)

A virus is a small infectious agent that can replicate only inside the living cells of an organism. Viruses can infect all types of organisms, from animals and plants ...Read more