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.
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.

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Are there antiviral medication that is effective against west nile virus?

No. Case reports using intravenous immunoglobulin (ivig) and other interventions have been described, but are inconsistent and haven't been scientifically tested. Supportive management is the mainstay of west nile virus infections. Read more...
Not really. The wnv is not susceptible to treatment with anti-viral medication. If encephalitis develops, then anti-virals may be used until the virus is identified, but again, antivirals just do not affect the outcome of west nile virus. Read more...

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...

West nile virus rash look like?

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

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...