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Doctor insights on: Mild Arbovirus Encephalitis

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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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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


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Can west nile virus be fatal?

Can west nile virus be fatal?

Yes: It's more dangerous for the young and old with weaker immune systems, and it's not common, but it is certainly possible. ...Read more

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Can humans catch west nile encephalitis?

Can humans catch west nile encephalitis?

Mosquito bites: 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 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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Is encephalitis curable with anti-virals?

Is encephalitis curable with anti-virals?

It depends: Certain types of encephalitis may be treated, while others cannot. One example of a treatable encephalitis is caused by herpes virus, which can be treated with an antiviral medication. Even if treated, the neurological outcomes may vary widely because of the injury to the brain caused by inflammation. It helps to know the specific cause of the encephalitis to discuss prognosis. ...Read more

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Does west nile encephalitis always kill you?

Not always: Many previously healthy people who acquire west nile encephalitis will recover. Those most likely to die are the elderly and those with compromised immune systems. ...Read more

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How deadly is West Nile virus untreated?

Only 1% have severe: sx. Most people don’t have sx’s w West Nile virus. Mild sx’s occur in about 20% of people; which can include fever, eye pain, generalized body aches, headaches, feeling really tired, & possible enlarged lymph nodes or rash. About 1% have severe illness which can include neurologic problems. Possible sx’s include: seizures, severe headache w stiffness of neck, high fever, confusion & weakness. ...Read more

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Mosquito virus called Dengue or Chinkinugya. Symptoms?

Mosquito virus called Dengue or Chinkinugya. Symptoms?

Dengue: The principal symptoms of dengue fever are high fever, severe headache, severe pain behind the eyes, joint pain, muscle and bone pain, rash, and mild bleeding (e.g., nose or gums bleed, easy bruising). Generally, younger children and those with their first dengue infection have a milder illness than older children and adults. The symptoms of chikungunya are similar to those of dengue, another disease spread by mosquitoes. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms associated with west nile encephalitis?

What are the symptoms associated with west nile encephalitis?

West nile disease: West nile encephalitis affects about 1 in 150 people who are infected with the virus. It may manifest with fever, stiff neck, headache, confusion, stupor, coma, tremors, seizure, weakness and possibly paralysis. ...Read more

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What r some symptoms of west nile virus?

What r some symptoms of west nile virus?

Fever and ...: Headache, tiredness, body aches, swollen lymph glands, maybe a skin rash. But when the infection leads to a severe disease, symptoms would include headache, high fever, neck tightness, disorientation, muscle weakness and paralysis. Most people who get infected with the wnv will not develop symptoms. ...Read more

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Is encephalitis contagious?

Depends: Infectious encephalitis caused by borelia, viruses (yellow fever, hemorrhagic fever viruses), rickettsiae are contagious, but often require the presence of a vector, usually a mosquito or a tick that will transfer the pathogen from the infected person to the healthy one. ...Read more

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Is severe exhaustion common in west nile patients?

Is severe exhaustion common in west nile patients?

It may occur: Most people infected with west nile virus have no symptoms but the minority who develop neurological infection and inflammation will commonly report body aches and exhaustion that go on for weeks to months after the infection. ...Read more

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How often does west nile fever turn into west nile encephalitis?

Actually uncommon: Most west nile infections are asymptomatic. Some cause mild flu-like symptoms. Full blown infection of brain is rather uncommon in the normal patient and more often seen with immuno-suppression, such as prior transplants, HIV pts, cancer chemotherapy. The polio-myelitis form is even rarer. ...Read more

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What organ does the west nile virus affect?

What organ does the west nile virus affect?

Brain most commonly: The West Nile Virus mostly affects the brain within the central nervous system. When it affects the brain...it is the most common complication of West Nile....then, it's called an encephalitis. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of west nile virus?

Varies per person.: Symptoms of wnv can include: fever, headache, body aches, fatigue, back pain, skin rash (occasionally), swollen lymph glands (occasionally), eye pain (occasionally), stiff neck, disorientation / confusion, lack of coordination, and possibly seizures. If you are concerned that you could have wnv infection, please see a doctor / health care provider. ...Read more

Dr. Brad Goldenberg
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Brain Infection (Definition)

Any infection of the brain. Usually called encephalitis, though ...Read more