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What is West Nile fever?

What is West Nile fever?

  • West Nile fever: Mosquito-borne infectious virus.
  • West Nile fever: A mosquito-borne viral illness caused by the WEST NILE VIRUS, a FLAVIVIRUS and endemic to regions of Africa, Asia, and Europe. Common clinical features include HEADACHE, FEVER, maculopapular rash, gastrointestinal symptoms, and lymphadenopathy. MENINGITIS; ENCEPHALITIS; and MYELITIS may also occur. The disease may occasionally be fatal or leave survivors with residual neurologic deficits. (From Joynt, Clinical Neurology, 1996, Ch26, p13; Lancet 1998 Sep 5;352(9130):767-71)
    Source - Diseases Database

West Nile fever is listed as a "rare disease" by the Office of Rare Diseases (ORD) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This means that West Nile fever, or a subtype of West Nile fever, affects less than 200,000 people in the US population.
Source - National Institutes of Health (NIH)

West Nile fever: Introduction

Types of West Nile fever:

Broader types of West Nile fever:

How serious is West Nile fever?

Complications of West Nile fever: see complications of West Nile fever

What causes West Nile fever?

Causes of West Nile fever: see causes of West Nile fever
Risk factors for West Nile fever: see risk factors for West Nile fever

What are the symptoms of West Nile fever?

Symptoms of West Nile fever: see symptoms of West Nile fever

Complications of West Nile fever: see complications of West Nile fever

Incubation period for West Nile fever: Usually 3 to 15 days. (Source: excerpt from West Nile Virus Questions and Answers: DVBID)

Can anyone else get West Nile fever?

More information: see contagiousness of West Nile fever
Inheritance: see inheritance of West Nile fever

West Nile fever: Testing

Diagnostic testing: see tests for West Nile fever.

Misdiagnosis: see misdiagnosis and West Nile fever.

How is it treated?

Doctors and Medical Specialists for West Nile fever: Infectious Disease Specialist ; see also doctors and medical specialists for West Nile fever.
Treatments for West Nile fever: see treatments for West Nile fever
Alternative treatments for West Nile fever: see alternative treatments for West Nile fever
Prevention of West Nile fever: see prevention of West Nile fever
Research for West Nile fever: see research for West Nile fever

Name and Aliases of West Nile fever

Main name of condition: West Nile fever

Class of Condition for West Nile fever: viral

Other names or spellings for West Nile fever:

West Nile virus

West Nile fever: Related Conditions

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