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This comprehensive compilation provides authoritative information and practical advice from the nation's health experts about West Nile virus, including the latest about the largest WNV outbreak ever seen in the United States in the summer of 2012. Starting with the basics, and advancing to detailed patient-oriented and physician-quality information, the 21st Century Sourcebook series gives empowered patients, families, caregivers, nurses, and physicians the information they need to understand this potentially fatal disease. There is extensive coverage of symptoms, diagnosis, medical testing, clinical research, issues involving transfusions and transplants, prognosis, prevention and control. A comprehensive list of clinical trials related to West Nile Virus is included. There is full coverage of mosquito control issues, including the personal use of repellants and the community use of pesticides to control larvae and adults.

Contents: Section A: West Nile Virus (WNV) * Chapter 1: CDC Information * Chapter 2: FDA Information * Chapter 3: National Institutes of Health / National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID) Information * Chapter 4: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Information * Chapter 5: U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Information * Chapter 6: Epidemic/Epizootic West Nile Virus in the United States: Guidelines for Surveillance, Prevention, and Control * Chapter 7: CDC Clinician Guidance and Surveillance Guidance * Chapter 8: Clinical Trials on West Nile Virus * Chapter 9: Birds and Animals Affected by West Nile Virus (Lists) * Section B: Guide to Leading Medical Websites.

West Nile Virus is a flavivirus commonly found in Africa, West Asia, and the Middle East. It is closely related to St. Louis encephalitis virus which is also found in the United States. The virus can infect humans, birds, mosquitoes, horses and some other mammals. The most severe type of disease due to a person being infected with West Nile virus is sometimes called “neuroinvasive disease” because it affects a person’s nervous system. Specific types of neuroinvasive disease include: West Nile encephalitis, West Nile meningitis or West Nile meningoencephalitis. Encephalitis refers to an inflammation of the brain, meningitis is an inflammation of the membrane around the brain and the spinal cord, and meningoencephalitis refers to inflammation of the brain and the membrane surrounding it. West Nile Fever is another type of illness that can occur in people who become infected with the virus. It is characterized by fever, headache, tiredness, aches and sometimes rash. Although the illness can be as short as a few days, even healthy people have been sick for several weeks.

This edition includes our exclusive Guide to Leading Medical Websites with updated links to 81 of the best sites for medical information, which let you quickly check for updates from the government and the best commercial portals, news sites, reference/textbook/non-commercial portals, and health organizations.

This is a privately authored news service and educational publication of Progressive Management. For over a quarter of a century, our news, educational, technical, scientific, and medical publications have made unique and valuable references accessible to all people. Our e-books put knowledge at your fingertips, and an expert in your pocket!

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