How can I get West Nile virus?

Peter DeLucia
Health Education
You can get West Nile virus by being bitten by an infected mosquito; the virus is mainly asymptomatic, but some people can get seriously ill. In this video, public health specialist Peter DeLucia, MPA, explains the typical symptoms to be aware of. 
Dr. Elif E. Oker, MD
Medical Toxicology

You can get West Nile Virus from the mosquito bite of an infected mosquito. They become infected after biting an infected animal, usually a bird.

There are reports of small numbers of cases of West Nile being transmitted from blood transfusions and organ transplants. But these numbers are very, very small.

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Viral Infections

Viral Infections

Viral infections like herpes simplex, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), chicken pox and rotavirus are infections caused by a virus instead of a bacterium. Viral infections do not respond to antibiotics, but some specific viruses ...

like influenza A and B can be treated with certain antiviral medications. Most commonly, treatment for viral infections includes drinking lots of fluids, getting rest, eating well and letting the illness run its course.

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