West Nile Virus | Complications


Can West Nile virus cause any other problems?

In rare cases, West Nile virus causes a disease such as a swelling of the brain called encephalitis (say: en-seff-uh-lie-tuss) or swelling of the membrane around the brain and spinal cord called meningitis (say men-in-ji-tuss). This can lead to permanent brain damage or death.


West Nile Virus in the United States: An Update on an Emerging Infectious Disease by GD. Huhn, M.D., M.P.H.T.M., JJ Sejvar, M.D., SP Montgomery, D.V.M., M.P.H., and MS Dworkin, M.D., M.P.H.T.M. (American Family Physician August 15, 2003, http://www.aafp.org/afp/20030815/653.html)

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Reviewed/Updated: 04/14
Created: 04/04