The Epidemic Of West Nile Virus

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West Nile Virus is a viral disease that is transmitted by mosquitos. West Nile is a virus that reacts very differently depending on the person that is infected with it. In fact, most people do not ever develop symptoms after being infected by the West Nile Virus via a mosquito bite. That means 70-80% of all people are asymptomatic after contracting this disease (Centers for Disease Control Website, 2015). That is a large number of people that do not present with any symptoms which to me that means this is a vastly under reported disease. If the person happens to be one of the unlucky 20% that dose present with symptoms then there is a wide range that this patient can present with. Most people that present with symptoms are going to have flu like symptoms things like Headache, fever, joint pain, diarrhea, and vomiting (Centers for Disease Control Website, 2015). When West Nile Virus is suspected then appropriate testing is ordered which is one of two ways either by blood test, or by cerebral spinal fluid (Centers for Disease Control Website, 2015) However, for the unlucky 1% of people that have contracted West Nile Virus there are serious implications that involve the neurological system and can have symptoms like nuchal rigidity, disorientation, seizures, coma, paralysis to name just a few (Centers for Disease Control Website, 2015). Patients that develop neurological symptoms have the greatest risk of unwelcome outcomes. Out of the 1% of patients that are going to develop
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