Should I seek medical care for someone with West Nile virus?

American Red Cross
If you see a person developing signs of severe West Nile virus (WNV) illness, such as unusually severe headaches or confusion, seek medical attention immediately. Also encourage pregnant women and nursing mothers to talk to their doctors if they develop signs that could indicate WNV.

There is no specific treatment for WNV infection or a vaccine to prevent it. In more severe cases, people usually need to go to the hospital, where they will receive intravenous fluids, assistance with breathing, and nursing care.

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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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