WNV Glossary

Brudzinski's sign

An indication of meningitis; flexing the neck causes hips & knees to flex.

CDC US Dept. of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Corvid a bird of the crow family; ravens, crows, jays
Flaviviridae A family of spherical, lipid enveloped, protein encapsulated, single stranded RNA viruses that include: HCV, WNV, Dengue and Yellow fever, etc.
Kernig's sign An indication of meningitis. While supine, with hip flexed at 90 degrees, lower leg cannot be fully
extended without pain or resistance.
Meningoencephalitis Inflammation/infection of the membranes surrounding the brain and the brain tissue.
Pleocytosis The presence of more cells than normal.
Vector An organism that transmits an infectious agent from one organism to another.

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