Featured West Nile Virus Articles
Descriptions of Featured West Nile Virus Articles
West Nile Virus
As this eMedTV article explains, the West Nile virus is commonly found in Africa, West Asia, and the Middle East. This Web page provides an in-depth look at this virus, including its spread in the United States.
Mosquitoes can spread certain diseases (such as malaria and yellow fever) to humans through their bites. This eMedTV article explains the health risks mosquitoes present and includes tips for preventing bites.
This eMedTV article explains that surveillance and the use of certain insecticides are important parts of mosquito control. This article talks about these methods and several things you can do at home to prevent mosquitoes.
Many types of mosquito repellents are available to help reduce your exposure to bites. This eMedTV page discusses DEET, picaridin, and other forms of repellent. This article also talks about the correct way to apply repellent and their use on children.
West Nile Virus Symptoms
A few symptoms of West Nile virus include fever, vomiting, swollen lymph glands, and a skin rash. This eMedTV Web page lists the mild and severe symptoms of this type of infection and explains that 80 percent of infected people have no symptoms at all.
Over the past few years, many dead birds have been identified as having West Nile virus. This eMedTV Web page provides information about the handling, disposal, and consumption of birds that may have the West Nile virus.
West Nile Vaccine
There is currently no vaccine available to protect humans from the West Nile virus. This page on the eMedTV site explains why the West Nile vaccine for horses cannot be used for humans. This page also talks about the possibility of a human vaccine.
West Nile Virus Treatment
Since there is no cure for West Nile virus, treatment mainly consists of getting rest and plenty of fluids. This eMedTV article covers treatment for West Nile virus, including information on treating the more severe forms of West Nile virus infection.
West Nile Encephalitis
West Nile encephalitis is a severe form of West Nile virus. This selection from the eMedTV Web library offers an in-depth look at this condition, including information on symptoms, treatment, and how often it occurs.
Cause of West Nile Virus
In most human cases, West Nile virus is caused by being bitten by an infected mosquito. This eMedTV segment talks more about transmission of the virus. This page also lists some rare forms of West Nile virus transmission, including blood transfusions.
West Nile Virus Cure
Once a person has become infected with West Nile virus, there is only one cure: time. This eMedTV segment explains how there is currently no medicinal West Nile virus cure. This page also talks about the possibility of a vaccine.
West Nile Statistics
This eMedTV article provides statistics on West Nile virus, explaining how many cases occur each year in the United States. Statistics on pregnancy are also included, as is information on when West Nile virus first appeared in the United States.
West Nile Virus Transmission
In most cases, West Nile virus transmission occurs from the bite of an infected mosquito. This part of the eMedTV library provides an overview of the different ways a person can become infected with the West Nile virus.
Preventing Mosquito Bites
This eMedTV page discusses strategies for preventing mosquito bites, including using repellent, wearing protective clothing, and being aware of peak mosquito hours. This article also talks about public mosquito prevention programs.
West Nile Virus Prevention
As this eMedTV article explains, one of the best methods for preventing West Nile virus is to avoid mosquito bites. This page of the Web site offers suggestions on how to protect yourself and your family from mosquito bites.
West Nile Virus Testing
As this eMedTV article explains, West Nile virus testing can involve answering questions about your symptoms, having a physical, and taking certain tests (such as a blood test). This page provides information about testing for West Nile virus.
West Nile Virus and Breastfeeding
While unlikely, it is possible to transmit the West Nile virus through breastfeeding. This eMedTV resource provides information about the West Nile virus and breastfeeding, including detailed information on prevention strategies.
West Nile Virus and Pregnancy
While unlikely, it is possible for a pregnant woman to transmit West Nile virus to her baby. This eMedTV article discusses West Nile virus and pregnancy, including information on how to prevent West Nile virus by avoiding mosquito bites.
West Nile Virus in Children and Infants
Cases of West Nile virus in children and infants under 1 year old are rare. The information in this part of the eMedTV library provides a brief overview of West Nile virus in children and provides statistics on how often infection occurs.