Thursday, November 1, 2012

West Nile Virus

Maine CDC has identified the presence of West Nile virus (WNV) neuroinvasive disease in a Maine resident from Cumberland County.


This is Maine’s first ever locally-acquired case of WNV in a Maine resident.

The patient, who is recovering at home, presented with symptoms including fever, encephalitis, meningitis, weakness, and double vision beginning on October 1.

Maine CDC issued a health advisory Oct. 31 to alert clinicians of the presence of human WNV disease activity in Maine, and to remind clinicians to consider testing for arboviral disease in patients presenting with unexplained encephalitis, meningitis, or a febrile illness of unknown etiology through the end November.

For more information, see the health alert: http://go.usa.gov/Yfhx

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