09:28pm Sunday 20 August 2017

Infections of West Nile virus could set U.S. record

For most people, West Nile infections do not cause symptoms. But in people 50 and older and those with weakened immune systems, West Nile can potentially become life-threatening. Infection rates tend to peak in July, August and September, but the season can continue well into the fall, especially in warmer regions.

West Nile virus expert Michael Diamond, MD, PhD, professor of infectious diseases and of medicine at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, is working to develop better treatments for the virus. He talks about this year’s West Nile virus infections and offers tips for avoiding the virus. 

Washington University in St. Louis


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