Now that I’m fairly sure he’s not going to die, I can tell you that my youngest, a senior in high school, has both mononucleosis and West Nile Fever. This seems like overkill, and somewhat unfair.
What I’ve learned about West Nile:
- About 80% of the people who are infected experience no symptoms at all
- About 20% of the people who are infected get WN Fever, a disease that is curiously like mono, with fever, headache, body aches, skin rash or swollen lymph glands
- About 1% of the people who are infected get WN encephalitis (inflammation of the brain) or WN meningitis (inflammation of the meninges, the tissue surrounding the brain & spinal cord) – this is the scary West Nile