Atlanta—Since 1999, when West Nile virus caused an epidemic in New York City, the virus has heeded an old adage for growth and opportunity: go West.
In less than a decade, the virus has spread across the country, becoming endemic in the United States. The virus' rapid spread has given researchers little time to evaluate the infection's long-term complications. But findings from new studies presented here during the International Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases in March reveal a course of illness that, for some patients, is characterized by substantial and long-lasting cognitive and functional impairments.
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Some patients infected with West Nile virus experience substantial and long-lasting cognitive and functional impairments.
In less than a decade since West Nile virus caused an epidemic in New York City, the virus has spread across the country, becoming endemic in the United States.
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