Since 1999, when it was first identified in the United States, the mosquitoborne disease West Nile virus has spread across the country. The virus has been widely distributed for years throughout Africa, the Middle East and West Asia, but with its appearance in the United States, the virus has threatened an immunologically naive population, with the elderly most at risk. Case counts have ranged from 62 in 1999 to almost 10,000 in 2003 to 5,600 in 2012 to 2,122 in 2014. Healthcare providers should be aware of how the virus is transmitted, the symptoms and how it can be spread in a healthcare setting. This module covers that information.
The goal of this continuing education program is to inform healthcare providers about West Nile virus. After studying the information presented here, you should be able to:
- Describe the vector (mosquito), reservoir host (bird) and dead-end host (human) cycle of the virus
- Describe the symptoms of West Nile encephalitis
- Identify ways to diagnose West Nile encephalitis
- Discuss ways to prevent mosquito bites
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.
Sponsored by OnCourse Learning, 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.
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Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. OnCourse Learning guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.
Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.