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Doctor insights on: What Do West Nile Mosquito Bites Look Like

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Does 3 mosquito bites in a row mean west nile?

Does 3 mosquito bites in a row mean west nile?

No. : If a mosquito is carrying the virus, then one bite from that mosquito might be sufficient to transmit the virus; however, mosquito bites are a very common thing, and west nile virus is still relatively uncommon. Do not jump to conclusions just because you've been bitten a few times. The great probability is that you will not contract west nile virus. ...Read more

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Mosquito Bite (Definition)

Mosquito bites usually are not very visible on skin unless there is an allergic reaction or an infection following the bite. Allergic reaction will cause a redness white an infection may ...Read more


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What to do for mosquito bite? West nile is going around.

What to do for mosquito bite? West nile is going around.

DEET with caution: I believe those repellants containing deet work the best. But, some people believe that deet, like any chemical, can have negative effects on your health. Personally, i would take the risk of deet to avoid the bite, and the potential for wnv. Also, wear appropriate clothing (long sleeves and pants, hat etc). ...Read more

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I think I might have 6 mosquito bites. How will I know if I get west nile?

I think I might have 6 mosquito bites. How will I know if I get west nile?

You won't.: In the u.S over the past couple of years, the number of west nile infections were in the low hundreds. You have a greater chance of getting in car accident on the way to the doctor's office, then getting symptoms of west nile (most cases are without symptoms). ...Read more

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I was in a forest area last night and got about 5 or 6 mosquito bites.wat are the chances of getting west nile or zika?I live in cook county, Illinois

I was in a forest area last night and got about 5 or 6 mosquito bites.wat are the chances of getting west nile or zika?I live in cook county, Illinois

Yes and No: There are mosquitoes carrying West Nile virus in the Chicago or Cook County areas, but the chances of an individual person getting infected by the virus or of getting a symptomatic infection from the virus, are not known. Yes, one can catch it, but the CDC reported 72 cases for Illinois 2015, which is not a big number. As for Zika, it is not yet in Chicago or Cook County mosquitoes. ...Read more

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Is west nile only via mosquito bites, or can you catch it from cleaning up dead birds in your yard or on the street?

Is west nile only via mosquito bites, or can you catch it from cleaning up dead birds in your yard or on the street?

Needs a vector: West nile requires a vector (or transmitter). In this case, a mosquito. I am not aware of any evidence suggesting it can be acquired by other means. However, it is wise to use gloves and wash your hands thoroughly when handling any dead animals. ...Read more

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What is the probability odds of getting West Nile virus from 1 mosquito bite under the elbow neat Fremont, CA (Bay area) where the virus was detected?

What is the probability odds of getting West Nile virus from 1 mosquito bite under the elbow neat Fremont, CA (Bay area) where the virus was detected?

West nile virus: You have to be bitten by the mosquito that has fed on the wild bird that is infected with the virus. Not all mosquitos will be infected. Symptoms to watch for is fever, headache, mental confusion, tremors , or paralysis. Very yound and very old are more succeptible. ...Read more

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Daughter has mosquito bites, and they are turning purple ? Could this be a sign of west nile? She is also having bad headaches and body aches.

Daughter has mosquito bites, and they are turning purple ? Could this be a sign of west nile? She is also having bad headaches and body aches.

Response: The purple coloration in area of bites is more consistent with local bruising, perhaps made worse by scratching. If she has a fever, and starting to get generally sick, she could have an infection. N.B., most West Nile infections are usually clinically silent, and the vast majority of others are flu-like. It is rare that a full-blown brain infection occurs, in healthy children. ...Read more

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After mosquito bites 2-3 weeks ago, I just had a test for West Nile Virus. IGG was negative (<1.30) and IGM was equivocal (0.99). What does that mean?

After mosquito bites 2-3 weeks ago, I just had a test for West Nile Virus. IGG was negative (<1.30) and IGM was equivocal (0.99).  What does that mean?

Repeat test: You may want to repeat the test to know if it really was West Nile. If, however, you feel well, you may decide you do not need to know as there is no specific treatment. The IgM usually turns positive first and then the IgG later. Your IgM may be either a false positive (IgM tests have a high rate of false positives in general) or it may have been on the way up. ...Read more

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I got a mosquito bite on my foot around the ankle area and it is bruised around the bite. Do I have west nile?

I got a mosquito bite on my foot around the ankle area and it is bruised around the bite. Do I have west nile?

No you don't: The media has successfully yet inappropriately frightened the public regarding west nile encephalitis. Most persons infected with the wn virus have no symptoms. Symptoms are seen in only about 20 to 40 percent of infected patients. Neuroinvasive disease usually requires some sort of weakened immune system due to old age, alcohol abuse, or diabetes. ...Read more

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10 mosquito bites with 2 stagnant pools next door. West Nile? Had one day of nausea, chills, headache. Routine blood work 3.9 WBC and 0.16 monocytes

WNV in AZ: Hi. I searched and found this:
http://phoenix.about.com/cs/health/a/westnilevirus01.htm
Check it out.
You might want to get a pest control company to treat the stagnant pools to kill mosquito larvae.
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I was bitten by a mosquito. I am nervous about west nile. I am mid 20's and healthy.?

Minimal risk: Very few mosquitoes carry west nile virus. Very few people bitten by a carrying mosquito develop symptomatic infection, and very few who are infected develop encephalitis, which may be predisposed to by advanced age, immune suppression by underlying illnesses, etc. Your likelihood of getting sick is very low. ...Read more

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Which mosquito carries west nile virus? And how can I recognize it? I’ve heard only one kind of mosquito can actually give you west nile virus. Is there a way to tell if the mosquito that bit me is the “right” kind?

Which mosquito carries west nile virus? And how can I recognize it? I’ve heard only one kind of mosquito can actually give you west nile virus. Is there a way to tell if the mosquito that bit me is the “right” kind?

NO: There is no way to recognize a west nile virus mosquito from a non virus carrying mosquito. They all look same and bite same. I am sorry there is no way to tell the right kind.I know it isn't a big help at this time. May be in future we w'll have more information. Just please avoid all kinds of mosquitos. Thanks. ...Read more

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How does a person know that he/she is bitten by a west nile mosquito?

You don't: You don't know, because they don't look or feel any different. So it you get sick soon after being exposed to mosquito bites, be sure that you tell your md. ...Read more

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I got bitten by a mosquito will i get west nile virus?

I got bitten by a mosquito will i get west nile virus?

WNV: Although west nile virus is now in most of the us, the majority of mosquitoes are not infected. You would have to be bitten by an infected mosquito. ...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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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