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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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West Nile Encephalitis (Definition)

West Nile encephalitis is the more severe form of West Nile virus infection, which is spread by mosquitoes. The initial viral infection symptoms may range from having none at all to flu-like symptoms such as a fever and nausea as well as vomiting. West Nile encephalitis (brain inflammation) is potentially fatal, and results in symptoms of confusion, loss of consciousness, muscle weakness, ...Read more


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Is there a cure for tick borne encephalitis?

Is there a cure for tick borne encephalitis?

Yes- yourself: There is no specific drug to treat tbe. It depends on the effectiveness your immune system ito clear the virus infection. Hospitalization and supportive care may be needed, based on the severity of the infection. Anti-inflammatory drugs, intubation and ventilatory support maybe used in specific situations. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for west nile virus infection?

What is the treatment for west nile virus infection?

Treating West Nile: There is no specific therapy for this viral infection. Supportive treatment for symptoms and time are the only treatments. ...Read more

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Is thee a vaccine for encephalitis?

Is thee a vaccine for encephalitis?

Yes, but not routine: There is not a vaccine for herpes virus or enterovirus, which are the more common causes of encephalitis. People living in or traveling to certain areas can ask their doctors about japanese encephalitis and tick-borne encephalitis vaccines, but those are not routine vaccinations in the U.S. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for tick borne encephalitis?

What is the treatment for tick borne encephalitis?

Tick Born Enceph.: Tick borne encepalitis (tbe) is treated supportively. There is no definitiive treatment. Care may include hospitalization, supportive nutritional care, mechanical ventilation, and corticosteroids in select cases. ...Read more

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Is there a difference between west nile virus and hansen disease (leprosy)?

Is there a difference between west nile virus and hansen disease (leprosy)?

West nile virus: West nile virus - is a mosquito transmitted virus that causes encephalitis (brain inflammation). This can cause coma and death. Leprosy is caused by a bacteria that affects peripheral nerves, skin, eye, mucosa -- secondary infections is usually the cause of death. ...Read more

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Is there a test fo the west nile virus ?

This is new test: The west nile virus IgM capture elisa is intended for use in patients with clinical symptoms consistent with viral encephalitis/meningitis. Most tests take time to show infection. This is much faster. ...Read more

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Is there a vaccine for meningitis?

Is there a vaccine for meningitis?

Several available : Meningitis is a nonspecific term uses when the coverings of the brain are inflamed. There are a variety of bacteria, viruses & other agents that can trigger the process. We have vaccines for hemophillis influenza type b, meningococcus and pneumococcus. These are given at specific ages when kids or young adults are most vulnerable. ...Read more

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Is there a vaccine for bacterial meningitis?

Is there a vaccine for bacterial meningitis?

Yes: There are 3 major types of bacterial meningitis after the age of 2 months -- hib, pneumococcal, and meningococcal. There are effective vaccines for the major strains of all of them. E. Coli and group b strep are responsible for most cases of meningitis under 2 months of age; there are no vaccines for them, yet, and treatment of certain maternal infections is key to lessen the risk of such illnes. ...Read more

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Is there a vaccine for elephantiasis?

Is there a vaccine for elephantiasis?

No: There is not yet a vaccine to protect against elephantiasis, which is a disorder transmitted by mosquitoes. Mosquitoes bite infected people and acquire the parasite from infected people. Then, the infected mosquitoes bite other people and transmit the parasite to the new victims. ...Read more

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Is there a measles-only vaccine for children?

Is there a measles-only vaccine for children?

No: This has not been available in the us since the 80's. The MMR was the product of 8 years of additional research after the single vaccine was licensed and reduced the number of vaccines per kid, it is safe and effective.The fraudulent research published by wakefield in 1998 suggesting otherwise was refuted by later research and retracted buy the publisher.Wakefield lost his license over the fraud. ...Read more

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Is there a vaccine for hepatitis b?

Is there a vaccine for hepatitis b?

Yes: Hepatitis b is caused by a virus. Like many viruses, measles, mumps, rubella for instance, an effective vaccine is available. The vaccine for hepatitis b requires 3 injections, spread out over several months to result in immunity to hep b. If the initial series of injections are not effective, then booster shots are often given. ...Read more

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Is smallpox vaccine helpful for any other diseases?

Is smallpox vaccine helpful for any other diseases?

May help with HIV: There's a paper awaiting confirmation that suggests folks immunized against smallpox have some protection against the HIV virus. There's talk of an immunization helping make asthma less likely. I am skeptical of both results. ...Read more

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Is a vaccine needed for japanese encaphilitis virus?

Is a vaccine needed for japanese encaphilitis virus?

Are you traveling?: Japanese encephalitis is endemic in se asia but not in north america. A vaccine is available and may be appropriate depending on your travel plans. See a travel clinic and take their advice as to prevention for this and other exotic infections. ...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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What is the normal course for japanese encephalitis vaccine?

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What is the normal course for  japanese encephalitis vaccine?

See the details: Travelers to endemic countries staying over 1 month in rural areas are candidates to receive vaccine. The vaccine is given in a 3-dose series; the first two doses are given 1 week apart and the third dose 30 days later. Booster doses are given every 2 years. ...Read more

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Is there a Lyme disease vaccine?

Is there a Lyme disease vaccine?

No: They took the vaccine off the market because of the side effects. ...Read more

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Dr. Amandeep Kaur
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Encephalitis (Definition)

The encephalon is considered to be the gray matter of the brain. This is where all the neuron cells are located. If an infection sets in to this region it is called an encephalitis. The -itis ending just means inflammation. It is usually virus infections that like to go specifically to the ...Read more


Dr. Mark Diamond
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Vaccinations (Definition)

Latin word for cow, vacca, because of the smallpox/cowpox work of edward jenner, vaccination is the administration of a substance, live organism or otherwise, that stimulates the immune response to prevent a specific disease. Primarily a preventative procedure, some vaccines can ...Read more