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How deadly is West Nile virus untreated?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry
4 doctors agree

In brief: Only 1% have severe

sx. Most people don’t have sx’s w West Nile virus.
Mild sx’s occur in about 20% of people; which can include fever, eye pain, generalized body aches, headaches, feeling really tired, & possible enlarged lymph nodes or rash. About 1% have severe illness which can include neurologic problems. Possible sx’s include: seizures, severe headache w stiffness of neck, high fever, confusion & weakness.

In brief: Only 1% have severe

sx. Most people don’t have sx’s w West Nile virus.
Mild sx’s occur in about 20% of people; which can include fever, eye pain, generalized body aches, headaches, feeling really tired, & possible enlarged lymph nodes or rash. About 1% have severe illness which can include neurologic problems. Possible sx’s include: seizures, severe headache w stiffness of neck, high fever, confusion & weakness.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
3 to 15 % of people with severe illness die. That means 3 to 15% of the 1% who are very ill.
Dr. Silviu Pasniciuc
Internal Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: 3-15%

Per CDC 3-15% case fatality rate, higher in elderly.
Less than 1% of people develop symptoms severe enough to be diagnosed.

In brief: 3-15%

Per CDC 3-15% case fatality rate, higher in elderly.
Less than 1% of people develop symptoms severe enough to be diagnosed.
Dr. Silviu Pasniciuc
Dr. Silviu Pasniciuc
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
3 to 15% of persons with severe illness die. Severe illness can include problems like encephalitis, meningitis or complete flaccid paralysis. People older than 75 are at a high risk.
Dr. David Krulak
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: West Nile virus

West Nile virus has approximately a 5% mortality rate for the disease.
If the disease becomes neuroinvasive and causes meningitis, encephalitis, or acute flaccid paralysis, the mortality rate climbs to around 9%.

In brief: West Nile virus

West Nile virus has approximately a 5% mortality rate for the disease.
If the disease becomes neuroinvasive and causes meningitis, encephalitis, or acute flaccid paralysis, the mortality rate climbs to around 9%.
Dr. David Krulak
Dr. David Krulak
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Most people don’t have sx’s w West Nile virus. Mild sx’s occur in about 20% of people. About 1% have severe illness. 3 to 15% of persons with severe illness die. Severe illness can include problems like encephalitis, meningitis or complete flaccid paralysis. People older than 75 are at a high risk. This information is for West Nile Virus in general (not specific for tx).
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