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Old 09-14-2005, 08:59 PM   #1
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Question about West Nile Virus...

Can West Nile Virus be a slower, chronic also? Just curious because I live in Tarrant county (Texas) and we have had cases here.

I did just recently test positive for Lyme's, but I was suspicious between the two diseases because of my neurological symptoms: twitches, tremor, numbness, myoclonus, etc...

I also remember seeing dead birds (2) around the apartments we lived in back in 2002 when I started getting symptoms.

What type of test do they do for West Nile?

 
Old 09-15-2005, 10:12 AM   #2
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Re: Question about West Nile Virus...

Ryan,

I think that the highest viremia in humans occurs a week to few weeks after infection. Also, the diagnosis of WNV is made by examining serum for antibodies, but there is some problem of selectivity if someone contracted a related disease (e.g. Japanese encephalitis, or other encephalitides). Also, I can't remember the length of time that antibodies can be detected post-infection, but I recall from one of the CDC WNV meeting talks that there was an issue with detecting antibodies from a previous year in hosts; I just can't remember if this was human hosts, or avians.

Anyway, the CDC website should have most of the answers to the questions you seek because the talks from the annual meetings are always incorporated into their site.

 
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Old 09-16-2005, 09:06 PM   #3
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Re: Question about West Nile Virus...

Ryan,

There is a group of MD's tracking a large population of WNV patients in Houston to determine how long the antibodies are retained. I believe they have some that were infected two and three years ago. ( removed )

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Old 09-29-2005, 10:54 AM   #4
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Re: Question about West Nile Virus...

Are there any treatments for West Nile Virus?

 
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