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

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.
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.

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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...

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. 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...

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. 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 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...

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...