Patient Comments: West Nile Virus - Treatment

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What kinds of treatment, including medication, did you or someone you know receive for West Nile virus? Submit Your Comment

Comment from: Sharlena Foster, 25-34 Female (Caregiver) Published: September 26

As per CDC, there's no vaccine or specific antiviral treatments available for the treatment of West Nile virus infection. But, if you reside in the West Nile virus geographical area and is experiencing any sign of severe illness, change in mental condition, high fever, neck stiffness, sensitivity to light, or confusion you should go to an urgent care center immediately.

Comment from: Don, 35-44 Female (Caregiver) Published: June 23

When she became ill no professional knew what could be wrong with her. It took 3 months to positively identify she had the West Nile virus. This is serious stuff. Steroids brought back her mental functioning, she will be switched to prescription Acthar as she has not regained the ability to walk yet.

Comment from: Beethoven, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 04

My husband and I both contacted West Nile virus 6 years ago. Our lives have since never been the same. It has taken away our immune systems, made us tired and weak, and no one seems to care. The doctors brush it off, the Minister of Health says to contact your doctor so what is one to do? The health officials need to have a West Nile convention featuring West Nile victims. They need to ask how it has affected us years later. How can they do research unless questions are asked? No one has cared since we were reported at the time of getting this most dreadful disease.

Comment from: Leigh, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 23

I was weed whacking and there were a lot of mosquitoes. I developed a fever, body aches and a very bad headache which is still continuing after a week. I was treated in the hospital with saline iv's and pain meds. After 8 days, the head pain is still there.

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