Talk to your healthcare professional if you or a family member is experiencing symptoms of La Crosse encephalitis (LAC) virus illness.
Infection with the La Crosse encephalitis (LAC) virus is diagnosed by medical professionals based on the following:
- history of living in or visiting a region where there is evidence that the LAC virus is circulating
- history of probable exposure to mosquitoes that might have carried the LAC virus in their bites
- examination in the laboratory of the patient’s blood or spinal fluid
- signs and symptoms
Your healthcare practitioner can run tests to search for an infection caused by the LAC virus or other viruses that generate symptoms that are very similar to those symptoms.
La Crosse encephalitis (LAC) has no particular therapy; clinical care is supportive. Patients with severe meningeal symptoms frequently require pain relief for:
- antiemetic medication
- rehydration for nausea and vomiting
Patients suffering from encephalitis must be closely monitored for high intracranial pressure, convulsions, and an inability to protect their airways.