Is the west nile virus passed from person to person?

No. This has been studied in depth and doesn't seem to be happening. It is a disease of birds that mosquitoes carry incidentally to humans.
A/W Dr. Friedlander. West nile virus is normally transmitted to humans by mosquitoes. Mosquitoes normally acquire the virus from birds.

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I live in a place with a lot of mosquitos- can I get west nile virus from another person?

Not very easily. West nile virus (wnv) is transmitted through mosquito bites. (but only by mosquitoes that have been feeding on an infected bird.) it is possible to get wnv fom another person, but it 's not easy. It can occur via conjunctival (eye) exposure to infected blood, through blood transfusions, intrauterine exposure, and breast feeding. Normal contact with others is not a problem.

What is the west nile virus?

CDC link... West nile virus is a potentially dangerous infection that is spread by mosquitoes. I am providing a link to the United States centers for disease control (cdc) that has excellent information about this disease. Hope this helps! Http://www. Cdc. Gov/ncidod/dvbid/westnile/wnv_factsheet. Htm.
WNV. West Nile Virus is a mosquito borne infection that originated in the tropics. It causes a flu-like syndrome in 20% of those infected. It causes neuroinvasive disease.

How dangerous is the west nile virus?

West nile virus. This can be very dangerous as it causes a viral encephalitis. This can result in coma and death.
Most are safe. About 80% of people bit by a mosquito infected with the west nile virus do not get sick, according to the cdc. About 20% will have relatively mild symptoms, such as fever, headache and vomiting. Symptoms can last for as short as a few days or as long as a few weeks. About one in 150 people infected with west nile will develop a severe illness, which can include paralysis, coma or death.

How is the west nile virus transmitted?

West Nile Virus. Typically, west nile virus spreads to humans via infected mosquitoes. Mosquitoes become infected when they feed on infected birds. You can not get infected by touching or kissing a person with the virus. In some cases, the virus may be spread by organ transplantation and blood transfusions.
Mosquito and Robins. West nile virus must be produced in high numbers before being passed through mosquitoes. Birds are far and away the most frequent carriers. Robins look like they might be responsible for spread all over the country. Mosquitoes have to feed on the infected robin and then pass the virus on to human beings through a bite.

How can you transmit the west nile virus?

You can't. It is not catching person-to-person. The reservoir is birds. You can do what you can to eliminate standing water where mosquitoes can breed.
West Nile virus. You can't transmit the virus. Only Mosquitos can transmit the virus. Use mosquito repellant and long sleeve clothing to avoid contracting the virus. Most people suffer no symptoms but some will develop fever, headache, body aches, lethargy, and encephalitis.

Is there a test fo the west nile virus?

This is new test. The west nile virus IgM capture elisa is intended for use in patients with clinical symptoms consistent with viral encephalitis/meningitis. Most tests take time to show infection. This is much faster.
West Nile Virus. West Nile Virus can be identified with a Nucleic Acid Amplification test or checking for IgM & IgG antibodies. Neuroinvasive Dz such as WNV Encephalitis can be assessed via spinal tap.

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.

What are the symptoms of the west nile virus?

Quite variable. It can range from no symptoms to just fever to headache and fever (meningitis) to confusion, weakness, seizures (encephalitis).
West Nile. 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 the neck, high fever, confusion & weakness.

How does the west nile virus get transmitted?

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.