2012 America's worst year for West Nile
Dr. David Samadi explains
- Duration 2:54
- Date Nov 26, 2012
Dr. David Samadi explains
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Come back a shocking new report claims 2012 will be -- America's worst year ever for the West Nile Virus more than 2600 people.
Suffering brain damage from the virus and at least 234.
Have died doctor Davidson -- is -- fox he's medical eighteen that vice chairman of the department of urology and chief of robotics at Mount Sinai Medical Center.
Joins us now so -- why the rise in the number of deaths as a result of west Nile.
Heather this is actually one of the worst record -- ever had a mostly because this summer and spring was the hottest temperature we've ever had.
That's a perfect environment for mosquitoes to really -- now.
Part of this is because of mosquitoes are getting the virus from birds and they carry two Newman's.
And that's how that's what happens that big concern about this is that for the first time we see a lot of cases of meningitis.
And encephalitis these -- inflammation of the brain.
A lot of times these mosquitoes may cause a lot of my symptoms of headaches fevers body ache and you may not even know that you have it.
But in this particular year this year we're seeing a lot of people getting very sick -- seem to be some evolution happening here.
And that's what they're getting very sick so you really want to protect yourself and that's what's going on.
The good news is that if you get this you would be immune so the chance of getting in the second time is very -- What is the difference that you go from -- -- just being bitten and not even really noticing that you haven't and then becoming immune.
And then reaching these further levels that can lead to death and -- yet it's good -- excellent question it's really depends on the type.
Half virus said you're going to get there -- different types somewhat very remind us all very new invasive -- can cause brain damage etc.
You just won't know a lot of -- that's do we do immune system.
I'm the type of virus that you would get.
But you know you end up again part of it is because we don't have a really good treatment to take care of the -- if you have any of these symptoms.
You want to make sure that you check yourself in the hospital or if -- had any mosquito bites.
But in order to protect yourself there are things that we can do -- like what what how would you prevents.
Getting bitten by one of these mosquitoes and getting so sick well must -- -- always show up on dawn and cost that's a time that you want to try to weigh in stay away from his mosquitoes.
Any kind of outdoor water that's standing it's it's a perfect environment for was give us he won -- -- that.
I'm Wilson if you use spray yourself and look at this spray.
That has this DE ET deet is -- main component and chemical that you need in this phrase.
To protect yourself again as is -- -- -- -- -- young kids with -- it is -- -- it is and if there's any kind of allergy symptoms or if there's any immune system -- -- glad you brought up.
-- your pediatrician before you do that have prevention is -- cases there is no vaccine or treatment available at this point absolutely unfortunately there are thirteen states mostly southern states -- from New York is going to be part of it.
So you want to protect -- since they were for mosquitoes.
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