West Nile Virus Infection in the Pediatric Population.
Civen, Rachel MD, MPH *; Villacorte, Ferlie RN, MSN *; Robles, David T. MD, PhD +; Dassey, David E. MD, MPH *; Croker, Curtis MPH *; Borenstein, Lee PhD *; Harvey, Sydney M. PhD *; Mascola, Laurene MD, MPH *
Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal.
25(1):75-78, January 2006.
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In 2004, Los Angeles County confirmed 11 cases of symptomatic West Nile virus (WNV) infections in children younger than 18 years of age. Eight had WNV fever, 2 had meningitis and 1 had encephalitis. Fever, rash, nausea and vomiting were the most prominent symptoms at presentation; median duration of illness was 7 days. Clinicians should be aware of the risk of WNV illness, confirm this diagnosis and report suspected WNV cases to their local health department.
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