What is the role of medications in the treatment of West Nile virus (WNV) infection and encephalitis (WNE)?

Updated: Apr 05, 2021
  • Author: David J Cennimo, MD, FAAP, FACP, AAHIVS; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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No specific drug treatment exists for West Nile encephalitis (WNE). Supportive care is the mainstay of treatment.

Vaccine development has been in process since the mid-2000s. NIH-funded vaccine development entered clinical trial in 2015. However, no vaccine has been FDA-approved to prevent WNE.


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