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Are you aware that a dangerous disease spread by mosquitoes is causing a great number of illness, perhaps even in your state and county.
Do you know anything about this disease, the symptoms, and the number of cases in your area?
Do you know what to do to prevent it from spreading in your county and neighborhoods?
Preventing this mosquito transferred virus is to keep water from becoming stagnant and drain standing water in your yard. For example, I noticed an abnormal amount of baby mosquitoes hanging out around the light over the driveway. I sprayed them but they did not die. This type of situation may be a good reason to call in a report and ask for help killing them. It is suggested that you call authorities when you see unattended pools in yards of vacant homes as well.
Below is a copy of a report in our local paper that you might find helpful.
The second Fannin County case was totally different. A Bonham woman, a young nurse, went to her family physician with flu-like symptoms including achiness “all over,” slight temperature elevation, sore throat, dizziness and a prominent headache. She also reported fatigue, balance problems and sleepiness. She was given a flu test, which was negative, and then her blood was sent out for WNV testing. Testing for WNV actually takes nearly a week to complete if positive.
The second patient was initially told that she might have West Nile and that she should go to the hospital emergency room if she or her family noticed certain dangerous indicators of WNV. These symptoms include encephalopathy, repetitive vomiting, disorientation, muscle weakness, blurred vision, slurred speech, walking difficulties or inability to arouse from sleep. Besides increasing headache and sleepiness, this patient remained stable. With close attendance by her family and regular checks by her family doctor, she was able to remain safely at home with only minimal care and over-the-counter medications. It was not until the 6th day that the lab work was complete; she was confirmed to have West Nile Virus infection.
According to the U.S. Center of Disease Control, this year sets a new record for WNV cases reported in the U.S. through August 14. There have been 693 cases, including 26 deaths. The 693 cases reported is the highest number of WNV cases reported to CDC through the same time period since the virus was first detected in the U.S. in 1999. Almost half of all cases this year have been reported from Texas and more than 80 percent of those cases from only six states (Texas, Mississippi, Louisiana, Oklahoma, South Dakota, and California). Of this year’s reports, nearly 60% (406 cases) were classified as neurological, such as meningitis or encephalitis.
The Fannin County nurse’s case of encephalitis was a classic example with the prominent headache, balance problems and vertigo. The victim also reported a strange perversion to taste (dysgeusia) that makes everything seem bitter.
When she was contacted by the Texas Health Department and mentioned the bitter dysgeusia, the case worker exclaimed, “Everybody is reporting that!”
One thing is for sure, bitter taste or not, our Bonham resident is glad she is about over all of this and headed back to work soon. So far this year, our Fannin County West Nile stories have had happy endings.
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