Originally Posted by seekfind
West Nile is extremely rare. Most likely it's Lyme Disease.
The only reason WNV is considered extremely rare by most people is because doctors don't test for it regularly. Most people who get the virus only have minor illness, similar to flu symptoms. The only people who get diagnosed are those who end up with meningitis or encephalitis for an unknown reason. Then if the patient is lucky, the doctor will investigate with further testing, but even then some of them don't even think to test for WNV. It's a lot more common than most realize. I think doctors need to realize this and add testing for it (blood test, not spinal tap) to their algorithms. My daughter had a combination of meningitis/encephalitis when she was 4. We didn't discover it was from the WNV for a couple of months and that's because I researched everything I could and insisted on having her doctor test her for it. She's 6 now and still suffers from a lot of illnesses that I believe are a direct connection to the virus effecting her immune system, nervous system, etc.