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West Nile fever: Lessons from the 2002 season

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ABSTRACTWest Nile fever has now spread to much of the United States. This disease can be diagnosed using one of several laboratory tests, notably an immunoglobulin M enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. It can cause devastating neurologic damage, including an unusual polio-like syndrome. Magnetic resonance imaging is an important imaging tool in such patients. Treatment is largely supportive, although antiviral agents are under investigation.


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