Saturday, April 5, 2008

West Nile Virus Could Have Lifelong Effects

A new study on West Nile Virus finds that 1 out of every 150 people infected suffer from severe neurological disease. Of those about 40% have serious symptoms that they may deal with for the rest of their lives.

The finding comes from five years of data on 108 Houston-area residents who came down with severe West Nile disease after infection with the mosquito-borne virus.

A year after their West Nile virus infection, 60% of these patients still had serious symptoms. Five years later, 42% had not fully recovered - and weren't getting any better.

These lasting symptoms included fatigue, muscle weakness, depression, difficulty walking, memory loss, and personality change.

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