West Nile Virus: An Update  - CHES504

West Nile Virus: An Update

by Brittani Zurek, PharmD
(4.3 / 21 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Health Education (1.00 CECH)

Price: $20.00
CE-PRO Price: $10.00


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

Approval Information
This course is intended for multiple professions, including nurses, health educators, laboratory professionals, physicians, and pharmacists.
Healthcare educators: 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 ContinuingEducation.com or Nurse.com/CE. 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.
Sponsored by OnCourse Learning, a Relias LLC company, a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive up to 2.0 total Category I continuing education contact hours.
Provider ID: CA0084 (98709) for 01/01/2012 to 12/31/2015, 114941 for 01/01/2016 to 12/31/2019.

Course Originally Released on: 3/26/2012
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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Kady L - Plains, PA  ·  Feb 18, 2019
Learned so much great info and broad recommendations Good insight on symptoms and prevention
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Lydia L - Corona, CA  ·  Jul 28, 2014
This is important, due to the fact that we work closely with the older population and who are at high risk to suffer from a more severe reaction to the WNV.
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Abby M - ,  ·  Aug 10, 2013
Very informative. Very useful information when trying to protect ourselves and our family from WNV.
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JEAN P - SHAWNEE, KS  ·  Sep 05, 2012
This seems to be a topic more people are being concerned with and want to know more about it.
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REGINA M - Las Vegas, NV  ·  Aug 21, 2012
Excellent course, I learned a lot of stuff I didn't know before.
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