West Nile virus

West Nile virus

noun Pathology.
1.
an illness caused by a chiefly mosquito-borne virus of the genus Flavivirus, characterized in a small percentage of infected persons by fever, headache, muscle weakness, and sometimes encephalitis or meningitis.
2.
the virus that causes this illness.
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Main Entry:  West Nile virus
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  a type of flavirus mainly infecting birds and mosquitos but also transmitted by them to humans and other animals, causing flu-like symptoms (West Nile fever) which may lead to encephalitis and meningitis and having no known treatment
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West Nile virus (wěst nīl)
n.
A viral disease of varying severity, occurring in Africa, Asia, the Mediterranean, and parts of North America, that is transmitted by a culex mosquito.

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West Nile virus   (wěst nīl)  Pronunciation Key 
An infectious disease caused by a virus of the genus Flavivirus, occurring in Africa, Asia, the Mediterranean, and parts of North America. The infection is transmitted by a mosquito and can cause mild illness as well as severe, sometimes fatal encephalitis and meningitis.
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