What's eating you? culex mosquitoes and west nile virus

Marissa Lobl, Taylor Kay Thieman, Dillon Clarey, Shauna Higgins, Ryan M. Trowbridge, Angela Hewlett, Ashley Wysong

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Abstract

West Nile virus (WNV) commonly presents cutaneously as a maculopapular rash on the trunk and extremities that most often appears around the time of defervescence and may serve as a positive prognostic indicator. Several laboratory tests can aid in diagnosis of WNV, including an IgM enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA), but an antibody response may not be detectable for up to 8 days after symptom onset. Taking a comprehensive history in any patient presenting with a generalized maculopapular rash, fever, nonspecific symptoms, or neurologic changes can aid the astute dermatologist in promptly recognizing the possibility of WNV.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)244-247
Number of pages4
JournalCutis
Volume107
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2021
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Medicine(all)

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