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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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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

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Are there antiviral medication that is effective against west nile virus?

Are there antiviral medication that is effective against west nile virus?

No: Case reports using intravenous immunoglobulin (ivig) and other interventions have been described, but are inconsistent and haven't been scientifically tested. Supportive management is the mainstay of west nile virus infections. ...Read more

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When there is an outbreak of west nile virus, how is the population of infected mosquitoes exterminated?

When there is an outbreak of west nile virus, how is the population of infected mosquitoes exterminated?

Spraying: When I lived in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba - the Navy sprayed insecticides in our neighborhoods with a truck twice a day. ...Read more

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What does the skin rash look like from west nile virus?

What does the skin rash look like from west nile virus?

West Nile: The rash seen with West Nile Virus Fever tends to be a non-specific maculopapular rash that appears between days 5 to 12 of acute illness. ...Read more

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What does the west nile virus rash look like? Can it happen on the arm?

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 more

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When there is an outbreak of west nile virus, how do you rid of infected mosquitoes?

Standing water: Get rid of standing water - water in puddles, bird baths, old tires are nurseries for breeding mosquitoes. ...Read more

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How do the RNA molecules of HIV and West Nile virus (WNV) differ in number and function?

How do the RNA molecules of HIV and West Nile virus (WNV) differ in number and function?

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

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Encephalitis from west nile virus. What is death rate/cute rate? What treatments are available

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

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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?

Ill with Rash: Any rash associated with systemic illness should be evaluated in person. West nile, among many other conditions, could be the cause. See your dermatologist or physician in person for proper evaluation. ...Read more

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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?

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 more

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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


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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