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West Nile virus (WNV) has emerged as a public health threat in North America. While the virus was first isolated in the West Nile District of Uganda in 1937, outbreaks occurred in eastern Europe in the 1990s, with the first appearance in North America in 1999 (CDC, 2011). WNV has since spread rapidly across the continental United States, affecting thousands of humans, horses, and birds. This virus, spread primarily by blood-feeding mosquitoes, can cause severe illness in susceptible humans, animals, and wildlife. 2012 was one of the largest outbreaks of WNV ever seen.
The public looks to healthcare professionals for accurate information and guidance on health-related topics. This course is designed for healthcare professionals in all levels and areas of practice. The purpose of this course is to provide current information and insight about WNV as a foundation for preemptive actions and responses to care for those affected by WNV. In addition, the course will offer insight on ways to help minimize disease transmission to people and animals. This course focuses on the history and emergence of WNV, transmission, clinical symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention strategies.
- Describe the emergence of West Nile virus (WNV) as a contemporary infectious disease.
- Recognize the clinical manifestations of and diagnostic approaches for West Nile virus.
- Describe current approaches to the management, treatment, and prevention of West Nile virus.
Amy B. Bernard, MS, BSN, RN-BC, has extensive experience in nursing professional development and as a practicing nurse in numerous clinical settings across the country, and is a lead nurse planner for MedScape. She has authored several courses on timely topics to help healthcare professionals respond to emerging public health concerns, and has worked with infection control experts to develop several course books on topics related to infectious disease. Ms. Bernard is board certified in Nursing Professional Development through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). She also serves as accreditation appraiser for the American Nurses Credentialing Center, Silver Spring, MD. She is a member of several professional nursing organizations, including Sigma Theta Tau, International Nursing Honor Society; American Nurses Association; and the Association for Nursing Professional Development.
- Contact hours will be awarded for up to one (1) year from the date the course is ordered, unless otherwise indicated with an expiration date.
- You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
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- All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.