What does West Nile virus mean?

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West Nile virus

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. West Nile virus, West Nile encephalitis virus(noun)

    the flavivirus that causes West Nile encephalitis


  1. West Nile virus(Noun)

    A particular flavivirus, dangerous to humans.


  1. West Nile virus

    West Nile virus is a mosquito-borne zoonotic arbovirus belonging to the genus Flavivirus in the family Flaviviridae. This flavivirus is found in temperate and tropical regions of the world. It was first identified in the West Nile subregion in the East African nation of Uganda in 1937. Prior to the mid-1990s, WNV disease occurred only sporadically and was considered a minor risk for humans, until an outbreak in Algeria in 1994, with cases of WNV-caused encephalitis, and the first large outbreak in Romania in 1996, with a high number of cases with neuroinvasive disease. WNV has now spread globally, with the first case in the Western Hemisphere being identified in New York City in 1999; over the next 5 years, the virus spread across the continental United States, north into Canada, and southward into the Caribbean Islands and Latin America. WNV also spread to Europe, beyond the Mediterranean Basin [a new strain of the virus was recently identified in Italy]. WNV is now considered to be an endemic pathogen in Africa, Asia, Australia, the Middle East, Europe and in the United States, which in 2012 has experienced one of its worst epidemics. In 2012, WNV killed 286 people in the United States, with the state of Texas being hard hit by this virus, making the year the deadliest on record for the United States.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. West Nile virus

    A species of FLAVIVIRUS, one of the Japanese encephalitis virus group (ENCEPHALITIS VIRUSES, JAPANESE). It can infect birds and mammals. In humans, it is seen most frequently in Africa, Asia, and Europe presenting as a silent infection or undifferentiated fever (WEST NILE FEVER). The virus appeared in North America for the first time in 1999. It is transmitted mainly by CULEX spp mosquitoes which feed primarily on birds, but it can also be carried by the Asian Tiger mosquito, AEDES albopictus, which feeds mainly on mammals.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of West Nile virus in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of West Nile virus in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of West Nile virus in a Sentence

  1. Victor Sedinger:

    West Nile virus and Zika virus are just the latest diseases caused by these winged pests.

  2. The CDC:

    One out of 10 (with neuroinvasive West Nile virus) will die; one out of 10 will have permanent disabilities.

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