Journal Article

Visual Loss with West Nile Virus Infection: A Wider Spectrum of a “New” Disease

William Anninger and Martin Lubow

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 38, issue 7, pages e55-e56
Published in print April 2004 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online April 2004 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/382884
Visual Loss with West Nile Virus Infection: A Wider Spectrum of a “New” Disease

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We describe a case of severe visual loss as a result of West Nile virus (WNV) infection. Associated headache and fever led to the proper diagnosis and management, but the findings of optic neuritis, retinitis, and uveitis were a surprising and prominent component of the patient's meningitis syndrome. Physicians diagnosing and treating patients with WNV infection should be alerted to the possibility of ocular and optic nerve involvement, which may leave permanent neuropathic residua.

Journal Article.  1052 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Infectious Diseases ; Immunology ; Public Health and Epidemiology ; Microbiology

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