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How is West Nile Virus treated?
There is currently no vaccine for human the West Nile disease. Antibiotics are not an effective course of treatment since they only fight bacterial infections, and the West Nile disease is caused by a virus. However, over-the-counter (OTC) medications, such as acetaminophen, can be used to relieve symptoms such as fever and headaches.
There are also supportive therapies for children who have developed encephalitisas a result of West Nile virus infection. Except for very mild cases, most children with encephalitis will need to be treated at a hospital. Doctors will carefully monitor the child's blood pressure, heart rate and breathing to prevent further brain inflammation from occurring. Medications a child might receive include corticosteroids to reduce brain swelling and anticonvulsants to prevent or control seizures.
With the right care, most children with encephalitis make a full recovery.
How can I prevent West Nile Virus?
Avoiding mosquito bites is the easiest and most effective way to prevent West Nile virus in children. The steps you can take to protect your child include:
Using insect repellent is the easiest and most effective way to avoid mosquito bites. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends DEET (usually listed on labels as N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide) as the best repellant against ticks and mosquitos.
Products with up to 30 percent DEET are safe to use on children 2 months of age and older, although experts from the AAP do not recommend using it in infants less than 2 months old. DEET should also not be applied to the face or hands of young children.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) offers these additional tips for applying insect repellants:
Claire McCarthy, MD, a pediatrician at Boston Children's Hospital, talks about the most effective insect repellants for children in her article Kids and bug spray--what you need to know, posted on Boston.com
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