Can west nile virus lead to liver failure?

Low likelihood. Most cases of west nile fever resolve spontaneously and completely. However, sometimes fatigue, headache, weakness, movement disorders, and concentration problems persist for weeks or months. Severe neuroinvasive disease can result in death or permanent disability. Mortality usually results from progressive neuronal dysfunction, cerebral edema, and respiratory failure.http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvb.
Rarely. But in severe cases the entire body will undergo multi organ failure. A good reason to stay away from bugs.

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What are the symptoms of the west nile virus? And if I get it and do get symptoms is their any way to treat it?

Wide variety . Fever, chills, gastrointestinal signs and symptoms, muscle aches, stiffness, pain, severe headache, alterations in sensorium and mental status and other neurological sign and symptoms may all occur. There is no specific treatment except managing the symptoms. Fortunately very few people get central nervous system involvement and most recover entirely. Read more...

Does west nile virus have preventative medication that I can use?

No. Our ability to prevent viruses if limited, although vaccine is the best method we have. The cdc reports a vaccine is being worked on. In the meantime they have a website that discusses how to prevent mosquito bites. For how it is the only effective prevention. http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/westnile/qa/prevention.htm. Read more...

Can west nile virus infect by unborn child?

West Nile virus. There have been reports of possible transmission of the virus from mother to child during pregnancy or breast feeding, but these have been rare and not confirmed conclusively. Read more...
See below. There was one reported infection of a fetus who had complications. However, it is uncertain if the infection caused the problems. Many more infants have been born to infected mothers, who were not infected. The advice is to contact your ob, if you get a west nile infection. Read more...

What does the west nile virus rash look like?

West Nile Virus. About 20% of people who are infected w west nile virus may develop a rash. The rash is variable ; may be maculopapular or macular. Most people don’t have sx’s w west nile virus. An article entitled “characteristics of the rash associated with west nile virus fever” indicated that 33% of people w a rash had pruritus. Read more...

Will antibiotics work against west nile virus?

Not yet. No antibiotics are approved for use against west nile virus. Attempts at using ribavirin, immunoglobulins & interferons to treat wnv patients have been inconclusive. Numerous new medications are in development now. Fortunately 80-90% of people who are infected with wnv have no symptoms or disease. The elderly are at highest risk. Severe wnv infections have decreased in the past 10 years. Read more...
Antibiotics. Antibiotics are targeted for bacteria. West nile is a virus, against which antibiotics are mostly useless. If, however, there is a superimposed bacterial infection on top of the viral illness, then antibiotics may be of use. Read more...

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...