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West Nile Virus (Overview)

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


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Do I have West Nile virus?

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.

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West Nile Virus (Overview)

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


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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.

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How does west nile virus spread?

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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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How common is west nile virus in the us?

How common is west nile virus in the us?

Uncommon: In 2010, the CDC reported 1021 proved cases in the USA, with 629 being neuroinvasive. If we take the retrospective studies of who has antibodies and suppose that one person in 100 who meets the virus will get some clinically-diagnosable brain disease, that it around 60, 000 cases, the large majority never knowing they were infected.

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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.

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How can you transmit the west nile virus?

How can you transmit the west nile virus?

West Nile virus: You can't transmit the virus. Only Mosquitos can transmit the virus. Use mosquito repellant and long sleeve clothing to avoid contracting the virus. Most people suffer no symptoms but some will develop fever, headache, body aches, lethargy, and encephalitis.

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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.

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What are some symptoms of west nile virus?

What are some symptoms of west nile virus?

See below: 80% of wnv infections are asymptomatic. 20 % have a mild illness that lasts 3-6 days including fever, chills, malaise, headache, muscle and joint aches. Some have loss of appetite, nausia, vomitting, diarrhea, cough or sore throat. 1% go on to develop the severe neurologic forms of the disease with meningitis or encephalitis.

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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.

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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.

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What are the symptoms of the west nile virus?

Quite variable: It can range from no symptoms to just fever to headache and fever (meningitis) to confusion, weakness, seizures (encephalitis).

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How does the west nile virus get transmitted?

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.

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Is the west nile virus passed from person to person?

No: This has been studied in depth and doesn't seem to be happening. It is a disease of birds that mosquitoes carry incidentally to humans.

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Are the home remedies that can treat west nile virus?

West Nile Virus: Most people recover from west nile virus without treatment. Over the counter pain relievers can help ease mild headaches. There is no direct cure for encephalitis caused by the virus except supportive therapy in hospitals. Researchers are investigating interferon therapy for the treatment of encephalitis caused by west nile virus.

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