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West Nile virus is a potentially serious illness. Experts believe it is established as a seasonal epidemic in North America that flares up in the summer and continues into the fall. About one in 150 people infected with West Nile virus will develop severe illness. 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. Up to 20% of the people who become infected have symptoms such as fever, headache, body aches, nausea, vomiting, and sometimes swollen lymph glands or a skin rash on the chest, stomach and back. Symptoms can last for as short as a few days, though even healthy people have become sick for several weeks. Approximately 80% of people who are infected with West Nile virus will not show any symptoms at all.
Dengue fever is endemic in places where iron deficiency is more common

Dengue fever is endemic in places where iron deficiency is more common

West Nile Virus samples found 10 miles apart came from different places, NAU scientist finds

West Nile Virus samples found 10 miles apart came from different places, NAU scientist finds

Editing away cancer and HIV in China: win or lose?

Editing away cancer and HIV in China: win or lose?

An injection of nanoparticles for spinal cord injuries

An injection of nanoparticles for spinal cord injuries

Auburn study explains link between habitat loss and global emergence of infectious diseases

Auburn study explains link between habitat loss and global emergence of infectious diseases

Gene-editing could shorten life instead of prolonging, suggests new study

Gene-editing could shorten life instead of prolonging, suggests new study

New coalition to boost fight against blood-feeding insects

New coalition to boost fight against blood-feeding insects

Probiotic-derived molecule optimizes the immune system to combat viral inflammatory diseases

Probiotic-derived molecule optimizes the immune system to combat viral inflammatory diseases

Study finds significant delays in reporting human cases of West Nile virus

Study finds significant delays in reporting human cases of West Nile virus

Geographical range of vector-borne diseases expands rapidly, shows research

Geographical range of vector-borne diseases expands rapidly, shows research

Heavy rains, end of drought could help keep West Nile virus subdued — for now

Heavy rains, end of drought could help keep West Nile virus subdued — for now

New mobile DNA element in Wolbachia may contribute to improved disease control strategies

New mobile DNA element in Wolbachia may contribute to improved disease control strategies

Innovative model identifies primate species with potential to transmit Zika in the Americas

Innovative model identifies primate species with potential to transmit Zika in the Americas

Study: Chikungunya virus arrived in Brazil at least one year before it was detected

Study: Chikungunya virus arrived in Brazil at least one year before it was detected

Mechanisms of insecticide resistance impact transmission of West Nile virus

Mechanisms of insecticide resistance impact transmission of West Nile virus

Tick’s salivary glands could become key research tools for studying virus transmission

Tick’s salivary glands could become key research tools for studying virus transmission

Study sheds new light on disease-spreading mosquitoes

Study sheds new light on disease-spreading mosquitoes

Vanderbilt researchers isolate antibody that can neutralize West Nile virus

Vanderbilt researchers isolate antibody that can neutralize West Nile virus

TGen North collaborates with NARBHA Institute to advance human health

TGen North collaborates with NARBHA Institute to advance human health

Cases of Acute Flaccid Myelitis on the rise across U.S.

Cases of Acute Flaccid Myelitis on the rise across U.S.