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Old 07-26-2006, 04:07 PM   #1
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West Nile Virus

Hi,

I hadn't given much thought to West Nile Virus, in spite of the publicity it's had around here. I do recall a friend of mine saying they'd found dead birds all over her subdivision and also I've noticed the crow population has all but vanished.

I wanted to know more about it so I was checking what symptoms it causes. Reports had been that in most cases it produces "no symptoms" or your body just fights it off. I wonder if some people could be infected with it and not know about it. What if it caused very low-grade symptoms? Or if a person infected with Lyme could also have West Nile Virus, which in most people wouldn't be a big issue but in a Lyme patient it represents one more infection? I'm also inclined to wonder what other insect-borne infections are around that as of yet remain unidentified.

Type of symptoms and their severity can vary widely from case to case. In mild cases, there may be flu-like symptoms, including fever, headache and body aches. Some people may also develop a mild rash or swollen lymph glands. More severe symptoms can include meningitis, encephalitis, and acute flaccid paralysis.

 
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Old 07-26-2006, 10:04 PM   #2
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Re: West Nile Virus

Tin
This is one to add to my list of Dr questions. If you hear more, please advise.
Prayers....Marsha

 
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Old 07-27-2006, 07:35 AM   #3
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Re: West Nile Virus

I have often wondered this myself, but then with my Swiss cheese memory - I promptly forget about it!

Thanks for reminding us.

 
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