SeniorJournal.com - Daily News for Senior Citizens

  FRONT PAGE • Aging • Health • Alzheimer's - Mental • Nutrition • Medicare & Medicaid • Politics  • Fitness  • Social Security • Alerts • Sex Health • Features • Retirement • Elder Care  >Search  >Senior Links

Senior Journal: Today's News and Information for Senior Citizens & Baby Boomers

More Senior Citizen News and Information Than Any Other Source - SeniorJournal.com

• Go to more on Senior Citizen Alerts or More Senior News on the Front Page

 
 

E-mail this page to a friend!

 

Senior Citizen Alerts

West Nile Virus Cases Reported to CDC Through July Are Most Since 2004

CDC urges seniors, others to take action to avoid this mosquito-carried disease

MosquitoAug. 3, 2012 - Concern being expressed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention due to the outbreak of 241 cases of West Nile virus disease, including four deaths. This is the highest number of cases reported through the end of July since 2004. Thus far in 2012, 42 states have reported West Nile virus infections in people, birds, or mosquitoes.

Almost 80 percent of the cases have been reported from three states, Texas, Mississippi, and Oklahoma.

The CDC is urging people, especially older Americans, to take steps to prevent West Nile virus infections. Outbreaks of West Nile virus disease occur each summer in the U.S. but this year some areas of the country are experiencing earlier and greater activity.

West Nile virus is transmitted to people by infected mosquitoes. In the United States, most people are infected from June through September, and the number of these infections usually peaks in mid-August.

 

Related Stories

 
 

CDC Notes Jump in A-H3N2v Virus Infection; Stresses Caution with Pigs

10 cases in Ohio associated with attendance at a fair where ill swine may have been - senior citizens must be cautious

August 3, 2012

Diabetes Patients Can Save Up to $60 Million a Year: New Walmart Initiative

Company that led way in reducing the cost of generic drugs, now offers lower prices on meter, test strips, more for diabetes patients

July 25, 2012

Agencies Placing Potentially Dangerous Caregivers in Homes of Elderly

Troubling study finds many agencies recruit random strangers off Craigslist, place them in the homes of vulnerable elderly - 10 questions to ask before hiring caregiver!

By Marla Paul

July 10, 2012


Read more Senior Citizen Alerts

 

Seasonal outbreaks often occur in local areas that can vary from year to year. Many factors impact when and where outbreaks occur, such as weather, numbers of mosquitoes that spread the virus, and human behavior.

“It is not clear why we are seeing more activity than in recent years,” said Marc Fischer, M.D., M.P.H., medical epidemiologist with CDC’s Arboviral Diseases Branch. “Regardless of the reasons for the increase, people should be aware of the West Nile virus activity in their area and take action to protect themselves and their family.”

Ways to prevent the virus

The best ways to prevent West Nile virus disease are -

   • Avoid mosquito bites.

   • Use insect repellents when you go outdoors.

   • Wear long sleeves and pants during dawn and dusk.

   • Install or repair screens on windows and doors. Use air conditioning, if you have it.

   • Empty standing water from items outside your home such as flowerpots, buckets, and kiddie pools.

Why you want to prevent it

   • Approximately 1 in 5 people who are infected with West Nile virus will develop symptoms such as fever, headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea, or rash.

   • Less than 1 percent will develop a serious neurologic illness such as encephalitis or meningitis (inflammation of the brain or surrounding tissues).

   • About 10 percent of people who develop neurologic infection due to West Nile virus will die.

   • People over 50 years of age and those with certain medical conditions, such as cancer, diabetes, hypertension, kidney disease, and organ transplants, are at greater risk for serious illness.

   • There are no medications to treat, or vaccines to prevent, West Nile virus infection.

People with milder illnesses typically recover on their own, although symptoms may last for several weeks. In more severe cases, patients often need to be hospitalized to receive supportive treatment, such as intravenous fluids, pain medication, and nursing care. Anyone who has symptoms that cause concern should contact a health care provider.

More information is available at http://www.cdc.gov/westnile

>> West Nile Virus: What You Need To Know

>> More by CDC on how to prevent mosquito bites

>> All about mosquitoes at Wikipedia

 

• Nursing Home Abuse,
• Medical Malpractice -
• Experienced Legal Help

 Beth Janicek, Board Certified Personal Injury Attorney Janicek Law attorneys are working every day to help senior citizens and others harmed by failure of care in nursing homes and the healthcare system.

If you or a loved one have suffered due to the neglect or inadequate care of others, call us today. We offer the skill and knowledge gained in more than twenty years of success.

Free Consultation - Call toll free 1-877-795-3425 or Email

 

Search for more about this topic on SeniorJournal.com

Google Web SeniorJournal.com

Keep up with the latest news for senior citizens, baby boomers

Click to More Senior News on the Front Page

Copyright: SeniorJournal.com

    

Published by New Tech Media - www.NewTechMedia.com

Other New Tech Media sites include CaroleSutherland.com, BethJanicek.com, SASeniors.com, DrugDanger.com, etc.