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How likely will west nile virus cause brain damage?

How likely will west nile virus cause brain damage?

< 1 in 150: Nobody really knows now common the infection is. But the cdc estimates that about 1 person in 150 who gets the virus will get bad encephalitis, more likely if you're over 50 or immunocompromised, less if you're not. There is not always evident permanent damage even after severe encephalitis. ...Read more

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Dr. Vasu Brown
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Brain Damage (Definition)

Anything that disrupts tissue integrity can cause brain damage: lack of or reduced oxygen (stroke), viamin deficiency, pressure (hydrocephalus, or, bleeding or tumor inside the skull), blunt or penetrating trauma; infection; inflammation (immune system mediated or otherwise); toxins (alcohol, ecstasy, lead, mercury, arsenic, to name but a few); diseases (ms, diabetes, ...Read more


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How likely will west nile virus cause severe muscle weakness?

How likely will west nile virus cause severe muscle weakness?

Depends: Muscle weakness is usually seen proportional to the coalescence of the illness. Your recovery with take twice as long as the illness, unless there was neurological injury of a permanent type, which may take longer. A rehabilitation physician can help you with recovery. ...Read more

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Can west nile virus cause encephalitis?

Can west nile virus cause encephalitis?

Yes: West nile virus is caused by an infection transmitted via a mosquito bite. Many people may be exposed to the virus but never develop symptoms. When symptoms do develop, it is typically fever and headache although more severe symptoms may occur. The cdc has info on west nile activity nationwide: http://www.Cdc.Gov/ncidod/dvbid/westnile/index.Htm. ...Read more

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Am I more likely to contract west nile virus in developed or under developed countries?

Am I more likely to contract west nile virus in developed or under developed countries?

Anywhere: Wnv has caused human infection in africa, europe, the middle east, west and central asia, oceania, and most recently, north america. [1] [2] it first appeared in the western hemisphere as an outbreak of encephalitis in new york city in 1999. Between 1999 and 2004, the disease spread across the us, into canada, and to the caribbean islands and latin america. ...Read more

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Where am I more likely to be bitten by a west nile virus infected mosquito?

Where am I more likely to be bitten by a west nile virus infected mosquito?

Unovered skin: Not covered skin is unprotected. Use hats, long sleeves, long pants, shirts covering back, glasses. Areas were mosquitos live and near ponds, lakes, sea. ...Read more

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In what time of the year am I more likely to contract west nile virus?

In what time of the year am I more likely to contract west nile virus?

West Nile Virus: Virus activity correlates with mosquito activity: is highest from july to october, and in warmer climates such as the southern us, virus activity is high year-round. Age and immune status do not seem to affect susceptibility to infection. However, older or immunocompromised individuals are at higher risk of neuroinvasive disease. [6] there is no clear evidence of a predilection for either sex. ...Read more

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

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. ...Read more

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I have cancer, can I be more susceptible to complications caused by the west nile virus?

I have cancer, can I be more susceptible to complications caused by the west nile virus?

TAKE PRECAUTIONS: It is well documented that pts with cll and lymphoma are a subgroup of cancer pts who are at higher risk of severe complications: encephalitis & meningitis and they tend to fair poorly. The reason is that these two diagnosis are associated with a hypogammaglobulinemic state. In laymen's terms -these pts produce low levels of antibodies due to there disease making them less able to fight infections. ...Read more

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Need answer to the cause of west nile virus?

Mosquito bourne: West nile virus (wnv) is carried by mosquitoes that have fed on infected birds. They transmit the virus to humans when you are bitten. So stay indoors when mosquitoes are active, wear light colored clothes, long sleeves, hat, long pants, and consider using insect repellant as well. ...Read more

Dr. William Singer
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Brain Injury (Definition)

Brain injury is a condition in which the brain is damaged due to an injury. Brain injury often results when the head violently and suddenly hits an object or when an object deeply pierces the head. The symptoms of brain injury vary from mild to severe depending on how much the ...Read more


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