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West Nile fever

West Nile fever: Introduction

West Nile fever: In the early summer of 1999, cases of encephalitis (inflammation of the brain) and death began to appear in New York City. Researchers later identified ... more about West Nile fever.

West Nile fever: Mosquito-borne infectious virus. More detailed information about the symptoms, causes, and treatments of West Nile fever is available below.

Symptoms of West Nile fever

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West Nile fever: Deaths

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Alternative Treatments for West Nile fever

Alternative treatments or home remedies that have been listed in various sources as possibly beneficial for West Nile fever may include:

  • West Nile virus nosode homeopathic prevention after suspect mosquito bite
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West Nile fever: Complications

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Causes of West Nile fever

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Disease Topics Related To West Nile fever

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Misdiagnosis and West Nile fever

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West Nile fever: Research Doctors & Specialists

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Evidence Based Medicine Research for West Nile fever

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West Nile fever: Animations

Prognosis for West Nile fever

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Clinical Trials for West Nile fever

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Prevention of West Nile fever

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Statistics for West Nile fever

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Article Excerpts about West Nile fever

Microbes in Sickness and in Health -- Publications, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: NIAID (Excerpt)

In the early summer of 1999, cases of encephalitis (inflammation of the brain) and death began to appear in New York City. Researchers later identified West Nile virus as the cause. Prior to that time, health care experts had never seen cases of illness caused by this virus in the United States. The virus is common in Africa, West Asia, and the Middle East. Mosquitoes become infected when they feed on infected birds, which may circulate the virus in their blood for a few days. Infected mosquitoes can then transmit West Nile virus to humans and animals while biting to take blood. Every summer since it first appeared, West Nile virus has been found in a continuously increasing number of states. (Source: excerpt from Microbes in Sickness and in Health -- Publications, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: NIAID)

West Nile virus: Background: DVBID (Excerpt)

West Nile (WN) virus has emerged in recent years in temperate regions of Europe and North America, presenting a threat to public, equine, and animal health. The most serious manifestation of WN virus infection is fatal encephalitis (inflammation of the brain) in humans and horses, as well as mortality in certain domestic and wild birds. (Source: excerpt from West Nile virus: Background: DVBID)

Definitions of 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)


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