What damage can congenital west nile virus infection to my unborn child?

Not sure. There has been one case of chorioretinal scarring secondary to the congenital infection and there was a study looking at effects on the fetus of congenital wnv. Little has been found it terms of delitierious effects. I would make sure your OB knows you may be infected so that further testing and closer follow-up with u/s can be done.

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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 is the pathogenesis of the west nile virus infection?

Brain virus. The flavivirus is carried by mosquitoes, often mutants that bite both birds and people. It usually produces no symptoms, less often a mild fever, 1% of the time affects the brain, with the virus entering and multiplying in brain cells sometimes with lasting damage. Until there is a vaccine, avoiding mosquitoes is safest. Read more...

What are the tests for west nile virus infection?

Several. Since the disease is usually asymptomatic and has no specific treatment, testing focuses on transmissibility person-to-person which is rare. Virus in the blood / spinal fluid by PCR proves infection. Igm anti-wnv suggests recent infection (up to a year), anti-wnv igg may take months to turn positive or be false-positive from dengue / immunization / other viruses. All blood is now screened. Read more...
A/W Dr. Friedlander. West Nile Virus can be identified with a Nucleic Acid Amplification test or checking for IgM & IgG antibodies. Neuroinvasive Dz such as WNV Encephalitis can be assessed via spinal tap. Read more...

What are the presenting symptoms of a west nile virus infection?

Many have none. May present with fever, fatigue, body aches, skin rash on the trunk, enlarged lymph nodes and generalized sense of not feeling well. In about one in 150 patients develop neurological findings of meningitis/encephalitis, and this can be potentially devastating. Read more...

What is the treatment for west nile virus infection?

Treating West Nile. There is no specific therapy for this viral infection. Supportive treatment for symptoms and time are the only treatments. Read more...

In what time of the year am I more likely to contract west nile virus?

West Nile Virus. Virus activity correlates with mosquito activity: is highest from july to october, and in warmer climates such as the southern us, virus activity is high year-round. Age and immune status do not seem to affect susceptibility to infection. However, older or immunocompromised individuals are at higher risk of neuroinvasive disease. [6] there is no clear evidence of a predilection for either sex. Read more...