Verticillium wilt is a common problem in the United States. It affects approximately one out of every four Americans between the ages of 15 and 64 years old. The disease causes severe muscle weakness, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, fatigue and loss of appetite. These symptoms are usually present within two weeks after exposure to infected soil or water contaminated with plant pathogens such as Verticillium (V) Wilt (W).

The most common symptom of VWD is muscle weakness, which may result from a variety of factors including infection, trauma or even poor nutrition. Other symptoms include nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. The illness progresses rapidly if untreated and can lead to death within several months.

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In addition to the obvious physical signs, other symptoms associated with VWD include:

Nausea and vomiting. Nausea and vomiting are often the first symptoms of VWD. They occur when bacteria enter your small intestine through the mouth or nose. If left untreated, they cause dehydration, cramping and diarrhea. Symptoms last anywhere from a few days up to several weeks depending upon how severely affected you are at any given time.

Abdominal pain and discomfort. If you have a weakened immune system or if the bacteria multiply out of control, you may also experience severe cramping in your abdominal region. This pain is often accompanied by lower back pain and continuing diarrhea.

Fatigue and lack of energy. One of the more serious complications of VWD is extreme fatigue, especially in cases where the illness is left untreated or inadequately treated. If you suffer from extreme fatigue, you should seek the immediate assistance of a medical professional.

When left untreated, VWD can cause serious nerve damage or even death. If you suspect that you are suffering from VWD, you should seek treatment immediately.

 

Sources & references used in this article:

Oblonga… a clonal olive rootstock resistant to verticillium wilt by H Hartmann, W Schnathorst, J Whisler – California Agriculture, 1971 – calag.ucanr.edu

Verticillium Systematics and Evolution: How Confusion Impedes Verticillium Wilt Management and How to Resolve It by P Inderbitzin, KV Subbarao – Phytopathology, 2014 – Am Phytopath Society

Verticillium wilt of olive: a case study to implement an integrated strategy to control a soil-borne pathogen by FJ López-Escudero, J Mercado-Blanco – Plant and soil, 2011 – Springer

Verticillium wilt of alfalfa: challenge and opportunity by TG Atkinson – Canadian Journal of Plant Pathology, 1981 – Taylor & Francis

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