West-nile-virus meaning

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A flavivirus that is transmitted by the bite of a culex mosquito and that can cause mild febrile illness as well as severe, sometimes fatal encephalitis and meningitis.
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A virus transmitted from infected birds by the common culex mosquito and causing a form of encephalitis (West Nile encephalitis or feverWest Nile encephalitisWest Nile fever) that is characterized by fever, headache, drowsiness, nausea, and a rash.
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A flavivirus that is transmitted by the bite of a culex mosquito and that can cause mild febrile illness as well as severe, sometimes fatal encephalitis and meningitis.
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An infectious disease caused by a virus of the genus Flavivirus, occurring in Africa, Asia, the Mediterranean, and parts of North America. The infection is transmitted by a mosquito and can cause mild illness as well as severe, sometimes fatal encephalitis and meningitis.
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A particular flavivirus, dangerous to humans.
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Origin of west-nile-virus

  • After the West Nile District of Uganda, where the virus was first isolated in 1937.

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition