It has been just 10 years since the potential long-term adverse health outcomes of WNV infection became an international public-health concern. The body of evidence on which this committee can base its conclusions is small. Future investigators will be able to conduct more robust studies on the long-term adverse health outcomes of patients who suffer acute infection by WNV, and create a broader foundation for conclusions about the acute illness and its long-term adverse health outcomes. The committee recommends that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) periodically review the literature on long-term adverse health outcomes of WNV infection to supplement the conclusions of this committee.
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