Protected: West Nile Infection and Kidney Disease: Description of Two Clinical Cases in Peritoneal Dialysis Patients

Abstract

The West Nile Virus (WNV), an RNA arbovirus, has been transmitted by wild birds and conveyed by ticks and mosquitoes, with wide diffusion all over the world; it is not transmitted from human to human. It can give clinical symptoms only in a minority of infected subjects such as fever, headache, muscle tiredness, visual disturbances, drowsiness, convulsions and muscle paralysis; in the most serious cases even potentially fatal encephalitis. In the literature there are few reports on WNV infection in patients with kidney diseases: here we report our experience on two patients on peritoneal dialysis infected by WNV with a revision of the literature.

Keywords: West Nile virus infection, chronic kidney disease, end-stage kidney failure, peritoneal dialysis, kidney transplant

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