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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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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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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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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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How is the west nile virus transmitted?

How is the west nile virus transmitted?

West Nile Virus: Typically, west nile virus spreads to humans via infected mosquitoes. Mosquitoes become infected when they feed on infected birds. You can not get infected by touching or kissing a person with the virus. In some cases, the virus may be spread by organ transplantation and blood transfusions. ...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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West nile virus rash look like?

West nile virus rash look like?

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. An article entitled “characteristics of the rash associated with west nile virus fever” indicated that 33% of people w a rash had pruritus. Most people don’t have sx’s w west nile virus. ...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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ebola virus india

ebola virus india

Ebola - virus: See: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/indiahome/indianews/article-2791500/india-inadequately-prepared-ebola-fear-medical-experts.html. It's indicated that there have been no confirmed Ebola cases in India but there is also some concern expressed about India's state of preparedness should Ebola find it's way there. ...Read more

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Is west nile encephalitis transmitted from person to person?

NO, except....: The virus is vector-borne through mosquitoes. However, in a special case featured several years ago in the new england journal of medicine, an article described a case where recipients of organs harvested from a west nile virus-infected donor, became ill with west nile virus. ...Read more

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Natural ways to prevent west nile virus from mosquitoes?

Natural ways to prevent west nile virus from mosquitoes?

Mosquito control: Mosquito safety- use bed netting when sleeping. Spray the walls of the home with insecticide. Wear long pants & long sleeved shirts from dusk to dawn. Use Permethrin spray on clothing and mosquito netting. Deet agents can be used on skin. ...Read more

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How are humans infected by west nile virus?

How are humans infected by west nile virus?

Mosquito bite: 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 in ...Read more

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How prevalent is west nile disease right now?

CDC: The cdc keeps close tabs on this virus. Most people who get it aren't symptomatic and will never realize they had it. 1% get a severe neuroinvasive version requiring hospitalization. It has been reported in almost every state. In your state of louisiana there have been 4 neuroinvasive cases of west nile this year. http://www.cdc.gov/westnile/index.html. ...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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Is malaria prevalent in africa?

Is malaria prevalent in africa?

Yes: Especially in the sub-saharan region. If traveling, you should take appropriate prophylaxis medications. ...Read more

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Are rashes during west nile virus itchy?

Are rashes during west nile virus itchy?

For some it is.: In article entitled: ' characteristics of the rash associated with west nile virus fever' - 33% of people with rashes described pruritus. ...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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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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