When should I seek medical help if I think I have West Nile Virus?

 Dr. Kathleen Handal, MD
Emergency Medicine
West Nile Virus is transmitted by infected mosquitoes during summer and fall. If you think you have been infected only a blood test can determine if you have West Nile Virus. There is no medicine for this illness but a human vaccine may be available in the future.

Get medical help for:
  • headache with neck stiffness
  • high fever
  • tremors, muscle weakness
  • convulsion/seizure
  • vision loss
  • numbness, paralysis
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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 ...

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Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.