I think I had West Nile fever earlier this week. Not meningitis or encephalitis or anything like that, but the mild form.
I live in a county in the Bay Area where West Nile has been found in birds. A couple of weeks ago, I got an itchy bug bite that might well have been a mosquito bite.
Earlier this week, I had flu-like symptoms- low-grade fever, chills, muscle aches, loss of appetite, and mild diarrhea. It was different from any flu I can ever remember getting, though, because I didn’t have any of the cold-like respiratory symptoms I almost always get with the flu. It’s not flu season, and I haven’t been in contact with anyone who’s been in the Southern Hemisphere recently, AFAIK (it is flu season there now, right?). I was feeling pretty bad for about 3 days, and am now gradually getting better.
Is this likely to have been West Nile fever?
If it was West Nile fever, does this mean I’m immune to West Nile now, including the really nasty form of it that causes meningitis or encephalitis?