Another typical WNV symptom is a red-patched rash that’s scattered on the back, chest, and stomach. The factsheets found on the WHO website elaborate that 20% of WNV patients experience a skin rash that wildly spreads into patches right across the body trunk. In some cases, the rash caused by WNV is mistaken for measles or just an allergic reaction. If left untreated, the rash spreads to the rest of the body. In rare cases, it doesn’t start on the back or on the chest, but in the head spreading down to the lower limbs.
In addition, unmonitored rash causes secondary dermatological conditions that can leave permanent damage or scarring on the skin. Topical creams are usually used for treatment, this way the skin is left without any scars. The WNV history shows fluctuating graphs on the patients who got rashes, but this symptom was there in all the outbreaks.