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West Nile virus

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noun Pathology.

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.
the virus that causes this illness.

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Origin of West Nile virus

First recorded in 1935–40; named after the West Nile region of Uganda
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Medical definitions for West Nile virus

West Nile virus
[ wĕst nīl ]

n.

A flavivirus that is transmitted by the bite of a mosquito and that can cause mild febrile illness as well as severe, sometimes fatal encephalitis and meningitis.
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Scientific definitions for West Nile virus

West Nile virus
[ wĕst nīl ]

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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