West Nile virus encephalitis in organ transplant recipients: Another high-risk group for meningoencephalitis and death?

Debby Desalvo, Prabir Roy-Chaudhury, Ram Peddi, Todd Merchen, Krishna Konijetti, Manish Gupta, Robyn Boardman, Christin Rogers, Joseph Buell, Michael Hanaway, Joseph Broderick, Roger Smith, E. Steve Woodle

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Abstract

West Nile virus infection has been spreading westward across the continental United States since 1999. Although it often presents as a mild, self-limiting viral illness, it can result in a devastating meningoencephalitis in some patient populations, particularly the elderly. We report in this article on two immunosuppressed transplant patients who developed a severe meningoencephalitis caused by mosquito-borne West Nile virus infection. Suggestions for the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of West Nile virus infection in this patient population are described.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)466-469
Number of pages4
JournalTransplantation
Volume77
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 15 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Transplantation

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