West Nile Virus Is Also Threatening Texans’ Health – Reform Austin

The coronavirus will get the large headlines, however Texans are prone to one other virus, too – West Nile virus.

The West Nile virus is a typical mosquito-borne illness that may trigger gentle flu-like signs.

Mosquito samples have examined optimistic for the West Nile virus in Montgomery County, Mesquite, Denton and Arlington, Texas. Harris County’s first optimistic case of the West Nile virus was discovered three weeks in the past. So far, there aren’t any reviews of West Nile infections in individuals in Texas this summer season.

What do we have to know to keep away from the virus? And what’s totally different now that we’re within the COVID-19 pandemic?

Texas Medical Association COVID-19 Task Force member Dr. Charles Lerner, an infectious illness skilled primarily based in San Antonio, solutions these questions and others.

Since everybody is concentrated on COVID-19, what do we have to think about now that we’re additionally in West Nile virus season?

Lerner: “The signs of West Nile illness overlap with a few of the signs of COVID-19.”

“Because 80% of these contaminated haven’t any signs, it is rather tough to inform what’s the absolute frequency of an infection.”

What are the signs?

“Symptoms of the an infection happen in 20% of individuals and embrace most prominently important fever, psychological standing adjustments, extreme headache, tremor and muscle weak point. Loss of imaginative and prescient, numbness, paralysis and coma can happen. 1/150 contaminated sufferers develop extreme neurologic illness and should by no means recuperate from coma.

There was a white mosquito trapped between airplane windows on my flight

“People with weakened immune methods and people over 60 years of age are at higher threat for extreme illness. 10% of those that developed indicators affecting the central nervous system will die. This is a viral sickness, and there’s no remedy to deal with it.”

What preventative measures ought to we take?

“Eliminate standing water round your own home to cut back breeding locations for mosquitoes.

The greatest mosquito repellent incorporates DEET. 30% DEET is the optimum focus for adults and not more than 15% for youngsters. Other mosquito repellents which might be efficient embrace picaridin. Most of the opposite preventive compounds are a lot much less efficient.

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