West Nile Virus: Symptoms, Causes, Treatment, prevention

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(Last Updated On: July 9, 2016)

A mosquito bite can become more severe if the mosquito is infected with West Nile Virus?. Not all the people will get this disease, by the infected mosquito bite, it can occur when the person immune system is a week or any older people.

West Nile Virus?Symptoms:

The symptoms of this virus are varied with severity.

Examples of severe symptoms:

  • Vision loss
  • Paralysis
  • Muscle weakness
  • Numbness
  • Confusion
  • Convulsions
  • Fever

Mild forms of west Nile Virus?symptoms include:

  • Body ache
  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Fever
  • A headache swelled lymph glands
  • Rashes all over the body

Generally, this Virus?is last long in case of severe form and also severe can cause permanent brain damage. The 80% of the people with the infection will do not show the symptoms. The first virus symptoms can show in 14 days.

West Nile Virus?Causes:

The mosquito which is infected can spread the virus. Blood transfusion, organ transplantation, breastfeeding, or pregnancy can transfer the virus.

West Nile Virus Diagnosis:

Generally, it can be diagnosed by the blood test. If the symptoms are severe and brain related, this test involves inserting the needle in the spine and extracting the fluid. Other scans include imaging scans, such as MRI can help to detect inflammation, and brain swelling.

West Nile Virus Treatment:

This Virus?does not have any medicines, but some of the medicines can help to relieve the symptoms such as ibuprofen, it relieves the symptoms like a headache and muscle aches.

West Nile Virus Prevention:

The mosquito bite can increase the risk virus attack, Protecting against mosquito bites is the main thing to prevent this virus, this can be done by the wearing clothes that cover body, using the window barriers such as curtains screens, sleeping in mosquito nets, and using insect repellants containing DEET, IR3535, special attention may give to the persons who may not able to get protected themselves such as children?s and elderly persons.

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