West Nile Virus - Treatment

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What is the treatment for West Nile virus? Is it possible to prevent West Nile virus infection with a vaccine?

The diagnosis of West Nile virus infection is confirmed with a blood or cerebrospinal fluid test. There is no specific treatment for West Nile virus infection. Intensive supportive therapy is directed toward the complications of brain infections. Anti-inflammatory medications, intravenous fluids, and intensive medical monitoring may be required in severe cases. In milder cases, over-the-counter (OTC) pain relievers such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) or aspirin may help reduce symptoms of pain and fever. There is no specific antibiotic or antidote for the viral infection. There is no vaccine to prevent the virus.

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Comment from: Beethoven, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 04

My husband and I both contacted West Nile virus 6 years ago. Our lives have since never been the same. It has taken away our immune systems, made us tired and weak, and no one seems to care. The doctors brush it off, the Minister of Health says to contact your doctor so what is one to do? The health officials need to have a West Nile convention featuring West Nile victims. They need to ask how it has affected us years later. How can they do research unless questions are asked? No one has cared since we were reported at the time of getting this most dreadful disease.

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Comment from: Don, 35-44 Female (Caregiver) Published: June 23

When she became ill no professional knew what could be wrong with her. It took 3 months to positively identify she had the West Nile virus. This is serious stuff. Steroids brought back her mental functioning, she will be switched to prescription Acthar as she has not regained the ability to walk yet.

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