In 2000, I lived in a West Nile prone area and had horses and lots of mosquitos. I got meningitis, ran a high fever, stiff neck (couldn't touch chin to chest stiffness) pain in back of neck, and severe, severe headache. It struck suddenly and resolved in two to three weeks with antibiotics. I was told by my supposedly great internist that I probably had West Nile, but he did not bother to test me, only treated me for it. Several horses in the area had died from it and mine were vaccinated. If I did have it, it wasn't too too bad, like meningitis, wasn't hospitalized, did vicodin and antibiotics, but needed to be out from work for two to three weeks because I was that sick. Not to minimalize it, but I live in an area where we are at risk and have been for a while. It is under reported and under diagnosed, but seems to be easily treated with common antibiotics, which is why so many people don't get tested. We hadn't had anyone in our area die from it, but the headache and meningitis symptoms I got were bad enough to get into the doc quick.
--Doctors are men who prescribe medicines of which they know little, to cure diseases of which they know less in human beings of whom they know nothing.--Voltaire (1694-1778)
Ills--Sjogrens-Lupus-like AI Disease, Hashis, Vitiligo, spinal stenosis/fusion with plate, salivary/lymphectomies, Diabetes, NAFLD, COPD, RLS, neuropathy, trigonitis, hystero, diffuse brain atrophy
Meds--Plaquenil, Evoxac, Metformin, Synthroid, HCTZ, Estradiol patch, Prosed, Klonopin, Soma, Ultram, Vicodin, Restasis, Albuterol,steroid injections, Protopic & Triamcinolone Acetonide ointments