Can west nile virus cause meningitis?

Encephalitis. The infection involves the substance of the brain, not just the coverings (meningitis), and can be rapidly deadly in susceptible hosts, real issue of death of nerve cell bodies in brain and spinal cord resulting in a poliomyelitis, with permanent weakness, yet, most immunologically competent hosts are either asymptomatic, or have a mild flulike reaction for a few days.

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I contracted west nile virus. Am I at risk for viral meningitis?

West Nile Virus. In less than 1% of infected people, the virus causes a serious neurological infection. These infections include encephalitis, meningoencephalitis, meningitis, and west nile poliomyelitis. Read more...
Yes. There is often a encephalitis or meningitis component to this disease. However, in the vast majority of people with disease, there is no neurological symptoms. If you are immunocompromised (very young, very old, have hiv, etc) then you may be more susceptible. If you have fever, headaches, fatigue, malaise, nausea, vomiting, you may be showing central nervous system signs and symptoms. Read more...

Can west nile virus cause encephalitis?

Yes. West nile virus, transmitted by mosquito bites, can cause encephalitis, inflammation in the brain. There is no vaccine available to protect a person from west nile virus. Read more...
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...

How likely will west nile virus cause severe muscle weakness?

Unlikely. A very small minority of patients who develop west nile infection are left with widespread muscle weakness that is much like poliomyelitis. Read more...
Depends. Muscle weakness is usually seen proportional to the coalescence of the illness. Your recovery with take twice as long as the illness, unless there was neurological injury of a permanent type, which may take longer. A rehabilitation physician can help you with recovery. Read more...

How likely will west nile virus cause brain damage?

< 1 in 150. Nobody really knows now common the infection is. But the cdc estimates that about 1 person in 150 who gets the virus will get bad encephalitis, more likely if you're over 50 or immunocompromised, less if you're not. There is not always evident permanent damage even after severe encephalitis. Read more...
Age dependent . Depends more about the age. Can be deadly. Some people have become republicans. Read more...

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. Read more...

I have cancer, can I be more susceptible to complications caused by the west nile virus?

Yes. Folks over age 50, and folks on chemotherapy for cancer, are more susceptible to severe disease when they meet the west nile virus. This has been accepted for the past decade. Read more...
TAKE PRECAUTIONS. It is well documented that pts with cll and lymphoma are a subgroup of cancer pts who are at higher risk of severe complications: encephalitis & meningitis and they tend to fair poorly. The reason is that these two diagnosis are associated with a hypogammaglobulinemic state. In laymen's terms -these pts produce low levels of antibodies due to there disease making them less able to fight infections. Read more...

I have a donated organ, can I be more susceptible to complications caused by the west nile virus?

Yes. Since about 2005 it has been well-established that immunocompromised people are more likely than others to get serious brain involvement from this virus, which usually produces only asymptomatic infections but can can serious disease in anyone. More severe brain disease, and unusual forms, are reported in folks on immunosuppressive medications. Read more...
If you are receiving. Immune suppressant agents to prevent organ rejection, you should be very careful, as the virus could be much more malignant under those scenarios. Read more...

How does west nile virus spread?

Mosquitoes. Summer and early fall. It does not seem to be catching person-to-person. Read more...
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...

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. Read more...
Not uncommon. Can be seen throughout the usa, but especially in the summertime, where there is abundant mosquito breeding such as in irrigated farmlands, with stagnant areas of water. Most infections are not noticed, and many seem like mild flu. Very rarely, especially in immune compromised people, does it affect brain and spinal cord. Read more...