West Nile Virus (Gage Olson)

West Nile Virus

West Nile is a virus its sort of in the name.

A key feature of neuroinvasive West Nile virus disease isencephalitis, an inflammation of the brain.

Scientific Name: Flavivirus

How is it spread?

When a infected mosquito bites a bird and, a bird bites a human then the West Nile Virus is spread to the human.

Most Common Victim: Anyone can get West Nile Virus but, Most serve infections are found in elderly people, and those with a weakened immune system. Last year 2,374 cases of West Nile Virus.

Signs and Symptoms: Fever, headaches, body aches, nausea, vomiting, and skin rash.

Treatments for West Nile?

Because this illness is not caused by bacteria, antibiotics do not help treat West Nile virus infection. Standard hospital care may help decrease the risk of complications in severe illness, and there is no vaccine for West Nile either.

Where is the West Nile Virus found?

West Nile Virus is currently found in many areas of the eastern half of the United States. And in all the other places on this map below.
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