West Nile Virus (cont.)
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Self-Care at Home
Home care for people who suspect they may have become infected with West Nile virus is fairly limited. There is no specific treatment.
Mild illness does not require therapy other than medications to reduce fever and pain. Avoid aspirin use in children because it presents a risk for a fatal condition known as Reye's syndrome.
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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.