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How likely will west nile virus cause brain damage?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology
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In brief: < 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.

In brief: < 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.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Dr. Ed Friedlander
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In brief: Age dependent

Depends more about the age.
Can be deadly. Some people have become republicans.

In brief: Age dependent

Depends more about the age.
Can be deadly. Some people have become republicans.
Dr. Terry Simpson
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