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Will antibiotics work against west nile virus?
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Dr. Booth Wainscoat
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
3 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Booth Wainscoat
Dr. Booth Wainscoat
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Dr. David Wishnew
Wound care
1 doctor agrees
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. David Wishnew
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