West Nile Virus: An Update - 19-GANN-F3-0038

West Nile Virus: An Update

by Brittani Zurek, PharmD
(4.7 / 45 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Emergency Medical Services (1.00 CEH)

Price: $5.00
CE-PRO Price: $2.50


Since its introduction nearly 20 years ago, West Nile Virus (WNV) it has been responsible for two nationwide epidemics and has infected thousands of people. WNV is primarily transmitted via the bite of an infected mosquito. Humans and horses can become infected with WNV and experience mild to severe disease. Although there are currently licensed vaccines for horses, there is no WNV vaccine for human use. Additionally, there is no treatment for WNV other than supportive care. Identifying cases of WNV infection can also be difficult because it shares clinical symptoms similar to those of other flaviviruses. Monitoring is required for years after recovery because neurological sequelae can persist. Through the use of education and surveillance programs, the IP healthcare team can proactively limit the spread of WNV and prevent future epidemics.


The goal of this continuing education program is to provide healthcare professionals with an overview of West Nile virus and its management, enabling them to work as an interprofessional (IP) healthcare team to limit the spread of WNV infections. After studying the material presented here, you will be able to:
  • Review the epidemiology of West Nile virus (WNV) and its methods of transmission
  • Identify symptoms and possible complications of WNV infection
  • Describe methods to confirm WNV infection
  • Review treatment options for WNV infection
  • List surveillance strategies and preventive methods to limit WNV transmission
  • Apply knowledge of WNV and its management to patient cases as an IP healthcare team member

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for multiple professions, including nurses, EMTs/paramedics, health educators, laboratory professionals, physicians, and pharmacists.
EMTs/paramedics: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
For the version accredited or approved for another profession, go to your specific profession at www.ContinuingEducation.com or Nurse.com. If you have a CE Direct login ID and password (generally provided by your employer), please log in as you normally would at CEDirect.ContinuingEducation.com and search for this topic title.
This CE activity is accredited for 1.0 Basic CEH by OnCourse Learning, a Relias LLC company, an organization accredited by Commission on Accreditation for Pre-Hospital Continuing Education (CAPCE).
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I understand that OnCourse Learning, a Relias LLC company, as a requirement of CAPCE accreditation will submit a record of my course completions to the CAPCE AMS. I further understand that my course completion records may be accessed by or shared with such regulators as state EMS offices, training officers, and NREMT on a password-protected need-to-know basis. In addition, I understand that I may review my record of CAPCE-accredited course completions by contacting CAPCE.

Course Originally Released on: 10/21/2002
Date of Most Recent Review: 2/19/2019
Course Termination/Update Date: 8/23/2022

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. Relias LLC guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.


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Devon L - Hutto, TX  ·  May 20, 2020
learned a lot about west nile virus
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Tricia K - Fort Myers, FL  ·  May 05, 2020
very well written information
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Michael B - Peoria, IL  ·  May 01, 2020
West Nile virus is something that I feel we are undereducated abo ut in t hi s c ountr y. Thi s w as ve r y hel p ful .
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Yelian G - Cape Coral, FL  ·  Apr 29, 2020
This class was very informative
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Stephanie D - Fair Lawn, NJ  ·  Apr 21, 2020
this was a good coarse; had a lot of useful information.
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