West Nile Virus: An Update

by Instructor: Brittani Zurek, PharmD

$15.00

i 1.00 CEH

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West Nile virus (WNV) has been present in the United States for almost 20 years. Since its introduction, 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. However, both humans and horses are considered dead-end hosts because they do not transmit the disease to other mosquitoes or animals. 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. In patients who recover from WNV infection, monitoring is required for years after infection because neurological sequelae can persist. Surveillance programs monitor for signs of WNV in the community, confirmed cases of WNV infection in humans and animals, and positive tests for WNV in donated blood. The interprofessional (IP) healthcare team plays an integral role in limiting WNV transmission by participating in surveillance programs and educating patients about preventive strategies to avoid mosquito bites. Preventive strategies to avoid WNV transmission include wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants, using insect repellant, eliminating sources of standing water, and ensuring that screens protect open windows and doors. Through the use of education and surveillance programs, the IP healthcare team can proactively limit the spread of WNV and prevent future epidemics.

About the Course Author

Brittani Zurek, PharmD, is a pharmacist and medical writer who graduated from the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy. Brittani Zurek, PharmD has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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Course Details
  • Course Code:

    REL-ACU-0-19-GANN-F3-0038
  • Hours:

    1.00
  • Type:

    Online Course
  • Release Date:

    2020-09-01
  • Expiration Date:

    2022-02-28
  • Learning Objectives:

    Apply knowledge of WNV and its management to patient cases as an IP healthcare team member.; Describe methods to confirm WNV infection.; Identify symptoms and possible complications of WNV infection.; List surveillance strategies and preventive methods to limit WNV transmission.; Review the epidemiology of West Nile virus (WNV) and its methods of transmission.; Review treatment options for WNV infection.
  • Target Audience:

    The target audience for this course is: Entry level Emergency Medical Personnel; in the following settings: Acute Care Facility.
  • Course Delivery Method and Format:

    Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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    All courses offered by Relias, LLC are developed from a foundation of diversity, inclusiveness, and a multicultural perspective. Knowledge, values and awareness related to cultural competency are infused throughout the course content.
    Reference herein to any specific commercial product, process, or service by trade name, trademark, service mark, manufacturer or otherwise does not constitute or imply any endorsement, recommendation, or favoring of, or affiliation with, Relias, LLC.
    All characteristics and organizations referenced in the following training are fictional. Any resemblance to any actual organizations or persons living or dead, is purely coincidental.
    To earn continuing education credit for this course you must achieve a passing score of 80% on the post-test and complete the course evaluation.
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  • Disclosures:

    Expert Reviewers, Instructors, and Staff Writers disclosures will be listed above after the individuals' biographical paragraph. All other members involved within the planning of this educational activity have declared no conflict of interest exists when planning and developing this course.
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