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Signs and symptoms of the West Nile virus infection range from no symptoms at all to a rapidly fatal brain infection. In areas where the virus is common, people are more likely to show no symptoms of the infection or have only a mild, flulike illness rather than a severe brain infection. Even in an area of outbreak, the likelihood of a person developing illness after infection with West Nile virus is about one in every 140-300 people.
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West Nile encephalitis (WNE) is distinguished from other arthropod-borne causes of viral encephalitis (eg, western equine encephalitis, eastern equine encephalitis [EEE], Japanese encephalitis, Venezuelan encephalitis) based on its geographic distribution, clinical features, and laboratory findings.