West Nile Virus | Treatment


Is there a treatment for West Nile virus infection?

There is no specific treatment for West Nile virus infection. People who experience mild symptoms usually get better without any medicine after a few days. People who have severe illness may be hospitalized and given intravenous (IV) fluids. They may need to be on a machine called a ventilator to help them breathe. Their doctor also will try to keep them from getting other infections, such as pneumonia.


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