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West Nile virus facts

  • West Nile virus (WNV) is a virus capable of causing disease in humans.
  • Symptoms and signs of West Nile virus include fever, headache, body aches, skin rash, and swollen lymph nodes.
  • Severe symptoms and signs may include stiff neck, sleepiness, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, and paralysis.
  • Most cases of West Nile virus infection are mild and go unreported.
  • A key feature of neuroinvasive West Nile virus disease is encephalitis, an inflammation of the brain.
  • The virus is carried from infected birds to people by mosquitoes.
  • There is no evidence for transmission from person to person.
  • West Nile virus first gained attention in the U.S. in 1999 after an outbreak in New York City. West Nile virus infections have been found in people, birds, or mosquitoes and have been reported in all U.S. states except Alaska.
  • Use of insect repellents may help reduce the risk of becoming infected with the West Nile virus.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 10/16/2017

Source: MedicineNet.com
https://www.medicinenet.com/west_nile_encephalitis/article.htm

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