Dallas West Nile outbreak raising concerns
Drs. Samadi and Siegel weigh in
- Duration 4:39
- Date Aug 19, 2012
Drs. Samadi and Siegel weigh in
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Get rolling we were very concerned doctors about this when we heard that West Nile Virus was back to deadly disease it's carried by mosquitoes.
And the Centers for Disease Control say it's spreading faster -- in any other year.
Dozens of states already affected including Texas they've declared a state of emergency nearly 400 cases reported there.
More than two dozen people have died from it.
Doctor Siegel how concerned should the rest of us -- Well I've written about this in my book false alarm and I take -- for certain position on this I think that this is what I call -- health scare.
We have close to a thousand cases this year but you got to remember something how many cases of -- we have every year we have almost a half a million in the United States was over 30000 people -- People out there get -- worried about west Nile you know what ends up happening.
West Nile Virus by the way is spread by something called the Q Lex mosquito the southern house mosquito.
You know that less than 1% of the QX mosquitoes and areas where west Nile are actually.
Have this and I put west Nile and then if you get bit by -- to get out west -- I wanna add to begin at west Nile and even get the disease.
80% of the time you don't even get sick 20% of the time you get -- mild flu symptom 1% of cases get really sick.
Call me overprotective.
But -- dozens of people die.
There are people out there that want to protect themselves and the thing -- worried about right now is they are springing for -- -- and they haven't done that some.
The sixties I wanna talk about because fear to pick is the biggest pathogens here fear is worse than west Nile but the problem is -- can hit you if you're healthy you can hit you you're young and I'm very concerned about anyone that stars Jamie appoint his right.
But the spraying has to hit the larvae it's gotta hit the -- And what public health departments do is they go around spraying what's called adult decide they killed the adult mosquitoes.
You know what happens they grow right back.
They come right back there's no scientific evidence that spring adult mosquitoes actually gets rid of the virus and it has something called.
Which can be a carcinogen and people without asthma.
Can get their -- -- and triggered by and so nothing in Madison is free when you do something what is the consequences I'm against this widespread -- Pleased to say here that every medicine has a little poison in it but.
In the past people have had a problem with this staying indoors makes sense I'm sure you know they're spraying anything else -- a lot of people should do.
-- -- I think -- what we need to know about this is that this is a virus that's not well known to America.
It showed up in New York City about 1999.
You JFK and we still don't know how -- got here.
If you look at the history -- and I'm mark knows about this.
It -- in the last decade the numbers have been going off and it's on the rise and there's obviously some concern the question is.
Who should worry about this and there are six states -- is at the center of this Oklahoma South Dakota California etc.
so not everyone has to panic about this.
80% of the people they get this virus are asymptomatic and are perfectly fine.
Twenty person to have flu like symptoms headache nausea rash pain etc.
just like flew in about one out of a 150.
Are the ones that would get some sort of -- -- meningitis.
And stiff neck and you've got to go to the emergency room immediately and not now.
How do we protect -- -- which is a question you're asking.
Make sure that you get these phrase that has verified these you need to remember our first is something in the spring it has the EE TDs.
The second one is to dress up that's a second the cover yourself -- -- figure out what exactly is going on with -- I'm usually must -- show up in the dusk and dawn so if you don't have to be out there stay -- cover and finally drainage.
Any sitting water suing -- any drainage that can attract mosquitoes you wanna be careful about this one of the big questions that came public tour there is.
Can I did this virus from casual sexual activity or kissing or anything else.
The answer is no this is from a mosquito -- gets.
The birth and -- it to human.
While I think there's no reason to panic I think you need to protectors.
-- -- -- will be clear how -- you know if you have -- you think you have the flu and and and how bad does it get.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- This you start to feel flow like that's it I mean -- other issues like a rash or stiff neck or headache that's a sign of severe severe symptoms.
Again one out of 150 only then you go to the emergency room.
But the bottom line is we have to watch -- -- illnesses that are in mosquitoes.
This is a pretty rare we.
Was it two days to two weeks you're going to feel sick like having a flu.
And if it's not going away -- -- and -- west -- I guess when you see your doctor if you think you have Lyme Disease are and I suppose that's.