Journal Article

Characteristics of the Rash Associated with West Nile Virus Fever

Dayna D. Ferguson, Ken Gershman, Adrienne LeBailly and Lyle R. Petersen

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 41, issue 8, pages 1204-1207
Published in print October 2005 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online October 2005 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/444506
Characteristics of the Rash Associated with West Nile Virus Fever

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We characterized rash in 15 patients with West Nile virus (WNV) fever. Generalized, maculopapular rash typically occurred on days 5–12 of illness. Dysesthesia was reported by 27% of patients, and pruritus by 33% of patients. Because the rash was nonspecific and serologic test results were often negative for WNV at presentation, convalescent-phase testing was frequently required to diagnose WNV fever.

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

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