West Nile Virus is a type of encephalitis transmitted by mosquitoes. The virus causes brain infection in a small percentage of people who are exposed to it.
Most infections are mild. Symptoms usually takes 5 to 15 days to develop. These may include:
More severe infection may be marked by headache, high fever, neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness, paralysis and, rarely, death.
There is no cure for the disease. Treatment may include hospitalization and antibiotics to prevent infections, such as pneumonia, that may develop because the immune system is weakened.
If you have any symptoms and think you might have West Nile Virus, contact your doctor immediately.
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