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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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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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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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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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Do I have West Nile virus?

West Nile Virus: West Nile virus infection typically begins with the abrupt onset of fever, chills, muscle aches, headache, and flu-like symptoms. If these are things you are experiencing, then reach our promptly to your physician to be evaluated and treated as early intervention is valuable in preventing long term complications. ...Read more

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What is the west nile virus ?

What is the west nile virus ?

WNV: West Nile Virus is a mosquito borne infection that originated in the tropics. It causes a flu-like syndrome in 20% of those infected . It causes neuroinvasive disease. ...Read more

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How does west nile virus spread?

By Mosquitoe: West nile virus must be produced in high numbers before being passed through mosquitoes. Birds are far and away the most frequent carriers. Robins look like they might be responsible for spread all over the country. Mosquitoes have to feed on the infected robin and then pass the virus on to human beings through a bite. ...Read more

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What does west nile virus look like?

Very variable: In most cases, no actual symptoms, and in those who do get sick, very similar to a flu-like problem with generalized aching, low grade temp. Far less common, especially in immunologically suppressed folks, can cause brain and spinal cord inflammation which could be deadly, or leave a patient with arm or leg weakness (like a poliomyelitis). ...Read more

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How dangerous is the west nile virus?

How dangerous is the west nile virus?

West nile virus: This can be very dangerous as it causes a viral encephalitis. This can result in coma and death. ...Read more

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West Nile Virus (Definition)

West Nile Virus is a mosquito borne infection that originated in the tropics. It causes a flu-like syndrome in 20% of those infected . It ...Read more