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Glossary for West Nile fever

  • Aches: General body aches or muscle aches
  • Conditions involving a pathogen: Medical conditions involving some type of pathogen, such as a virus or bacteria.
  • Dengue fever: An acute viral disease characterized by fever, rash and myalgia and caused by a flavivirus which is transmitted by mosquitoes.
  • Encephalitis: Dangerous infection of the brain
  • Fever: Elevation of the body temperature above the normal 37 degrees celsius
  • Flavivirus: A group B arbovirus that causes disease in humans and animals
  • Flu-like conditions: Medical conditions similar to flu, or exhibition flu-like symptoms.
  • Guillain-Barre Syndrome: A rare progressive form of ascending polyneuropathy believed to be an autoimmune response.
  • Headache: In medicine a headache or cephalalgia is a symptom of a number of different conditions of the head and sometimes neck. Some of the causes are benign while others are medical emergencies. It ranks among the most common pain complaints
  • Japanese encephalitis: A form of encephalitis caused by a flavivirus (Japanese B encephalitis virus - JBEV) and transmitted by mosquito bites. Most cases are mild and asymptomatic but severe cases can lead to death.
  • Meningoencephalitis: A condition which is characterized by inflammation of the brain and meninges
  • Mosquito bite: Bite from a mosquito.
  • Mosquito-borne diseases: Diseases that are carried by the mosquito
  • Muscle weakness: A condition which is characterized by an inability of the muscles to function at their full strenght
  • Neck pain: Pain affecting the neck
  • Skin rash: A reaction to the exposure of the skin to an allergen
  • St. Louis encephalitis: Mosquito-borne type of brain infection (encephalitis)
  • Swollen lymph glands: The occurrence of lymph glands which are swollen
  • Vague symptoms: Vague, unclear, mild or non-specific symptoms
  • Viral diseases: Any disease that is caused by a virus
  • West Nile fever: Mosquito-borne infectious virus.
  • Yellow fever: A viral infection transmitted by mosquito bites which can damage various organs such as the liver, heart, kidney and digestive tract.


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