A Factor That Should Raise Awareness in the Practice of Pediatric Medicine: West Nile Virus

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Uc D., Celik T., Gonen D., Sucu A., Celiloglu C., Tolunay O., ...More

JOURNAL OF PEDIATRIC INFECTION, vol.12, no.2, 2018 (ESCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 12 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Doi Number: 10.5578/ced.201813
  • Journal Indexes: Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), Scopus, TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Keywords: West nile virus, child, thrombocytopenia
  • Çukurova University Affiliated: No


West Nile virus is an RNA virus found in Flaviviridae family and its vector is of Culex-type mosquitoes and the population of these flies soar dramatically in August. Most of the infected people who have mild viremia experience this disease asymptomatically or encounter situations similar to other viral infections. Patients suffer from fatigue, fever, and headache, pain in the eyes, myalgia, diarrhea, vomiting, arthralgia, rash and lymphadenopathy. Similar to many diseases transmitted through mosquitoes, the West Nile virus should also be considered as a problem of community health. In regions where this type of mosquito lives in summer in particular and when patients that consult hospitals may mention unexplained fever, malaise, abdominal pain, headache, encephalitis acute loose paralysis, this virus type should be borne in mind. In this article, two patients that consulted owing to the complaints such as fever, vomiting, weakness, headache, photophobia were diagnosed with West Nile virus positive in August after they were examined.