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How is the West Nile virus treated?

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Information on West Nile Virus. Provided by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. read more

Treatment. No vaccine or specific antiviral treatments for West Nile virus infection are available. Over-the-counter pain relievers can be used to reduce fever and relieve some symptoms; In severe cases, patients often need to be hospitalized to receive supportive treatment, such as intravenous fluids, pain medication, and nursing care. read more

If you have West Nile virus, you will typically show the first virus symptoms within three to 14 days of being bitten. West Nile virus symptoms vary in severity. Severe symptoms can include: fever; confusion; convulsions; muscle weakness; vision loss; numbness; paralysis; coma; A severe infection can last for several weeks. read more

West Nile virus infection is also called West Nile fever or West Nile encephalitis. The virus is a type of arbovirus ("arbo" comes from ARrthropod-BOrne, as many insects are arthropods). It is a member of the Flavivirus genus and the family Flaviviridae. read more

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