West Nile Virus Disorders

west nile virusThe West Nile Virus is a viral disease carried by a mosquito. The severity of the West Nile Virus infection depends on its carrier. The breakout of this dreadful disease has occurred in the continents of Africa, Asia, the Mediterranean, as well as in some parts of North America.

The West Nile Virus comes with several other sets of illnesses and disorders. Among these are the West Nile Encephalitis, West Nile Meningitis, West Nile Meningoencephalitis, and the West Nile fever. All of these disorders occur depending on whether the West Nile Virus infection that a person has is still in its early stages or is already on an advanced level.

Let us now look into these illnesses by first defining them one by one:

West Nile Encephalitis

West Nile Encephalitis is a type of neuroinvasive disease wherein the disease itself affects a person’s nervous system. It particularly occurs when the brain of a person who is infected with the West Nile Virus suffers from inflammation.

West Nile Meningitis

Another type of neuroinvasive disease, West Nile Meningitis is also an inflammation, not of the brain itself, but of the membrane around the brain as well as the spinal cord.

West Nile Meningoencephalitis

The term itself is self-explanatory. West Nile Meningoencephalitis is a disease wherein the person who is infected with it suffers from both Meningitis and Encephalitis. Meaning, the inflammation occurs around the brain and the spinal cord as well.

West Nile Fever

West Nile fever is another type of illness that people who are infected with the West Nile Virus often suffer from. It is characterized by fever, headache, aches, rashes, and tiredness. This illness can last from a couple of days to a couple of weeks, depending on how fast the body of a person can recuperate with this illness.

There are many complications that we have to deal with if we get infected with the West Nile Virus. It is imperative not only to arm ourselves from the disease carriers, but also to arm ourselves with the adequate knowledge that will help us to cope with the infection, if ever we or one of the people close to us becomes infected with the West Nile Virus.

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