West Nile Virus is a virus spread by mosquitoes that have fed off of infected birds. The incubation period is 5-21 days on average. The virus peak activity, according to the Israel Ministry of Health, is from mid-August to mid-October. According to the CDC, 80% of people infected have no noticeable symptoms.
West Nile Virus's symptoms for the remaining 20% of infected individuals are usually mild flu-like symptoms, including a low-grade fever, body or muscle aches, fatigue, diarrhea, and rash. Less than 1% of infected people will develop serious symptoms affecting the nervous system, including high fever, neck stiffness, headache, disorientation, seizures, vision changes, numbness, and in severe cases, coma, brain inflammation, and death is possible.
People at the highest risk for developing complications or serious illness include people over age 60, people with chronic illnesses such as diabetes, cancer, high blood pressure, kidney disease, and immunosuppressed conditions.
West Nile Virus can be prevented with adequate mosquito protection, especially at dawn and dusk when mosquitos are most active. However, they can be active in shady areas throughout the day. People should apply mosquito repellants to all exposed skin areas, and long sleeves and long pants/ skirts should be worn if possible. Women who wear skirts should use repellent on their lower legs even above the skirt line.
Most mosquito bites are harmless but annoying. If symptoms are described as developing within 3 weeks of the mosquito bite, report to a physician. Treatment is supportive only, as there is no vaccine or medication for the virus. That means you can treat the symptoms with over-the-counter medications, such as Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen.
People who develop more severe symptoms may need to be hospitalized to get more intensive treatment such as IV fluids and medications.
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My experience with Ema Care has been so positive that I wanted to share it in case it could help someone else. Eight days ago my daughter, a Shanah Bet student, called to say she wasn’t feeling well and had symptoms of Covid-19. I was put in touch with an Infectious Disease specialist who recommended Ema Care. I reached Dr. Eliana Aaron easily and signed my daughter up. The next morning, Ema Care gave my daughter a telehealth exam and provided her with prescriptions, as well as a list of...
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Dear Dr. Eliana words simply cannot express how much you have done for all of us and so many others in keeping us informed, calming anxieties, and being such a wonderful and patient resource through such a difficult time. Wishing you much bracha and hatzlacha in the merit of all the countless mitzvot u have done to help so many through these trying times; mikol halev, ein milim and thanks so so much .
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Hello Dr. Aaron. I cannot thank you enough for providing not only crucial information but a framework that gave us stability and allowed us to function (instead of descending into chaos, which undoubtedly would have happened, if not for you). At the risk of waxing dramatic, I will tell you that when I think of what you've done these past couple of months, what comes to mind is Rav Yohanan Ben Zakai asking Vespasian to give him Yavneh ve-Hakhameha, thus saving the entire enterprise of Talmud...