By Ken Buben, President, FancyScrubs.com
West Nile Virus
According to the CDC severe cases of West Nile Virus rose last year. Of the 1021 cases in 2010 – 629 were of the severe form of this disease.
The severe symptoms can include high fever, headache, neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness, vision loss, numbness and paralysis. These symptoms may last several weeks, and neurological effects may be permanent. Symptoms tend to show up 3-14 days after being bitten.
In the more severe cases of West Nile Virus people usually need to go to the hospital. They can receive supportive treatment including intravenous fluids, help with breathing and nursing care. Milder cases of the West Nile virus usually clear up on their own.
West Nile Virus is transferred from infected mosquitoes and sometimes ticks to people through bites. The mosquitoes and ticks usually get infected through biting on infected birds.
It can also be transferred through blood transfusions, organ transplants, breastfeeding and even pregnant mom to infant baby. It cannot be transferred through touching or kissing.
You can check out the CDC’s map of current infections in the United States here.
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