Rapides Regional Health Talk – West Nile Fever

Rapides Regional Health Talk – West Nile Fever


– [Narrator] Health Talk, brought to you by Rapides Regional Medical Center. (upbeat introduction music) – [Narrator] It’s Mosquito
Season in Louisiana, which means it’s also the
season for West Nile virus. More and more cases of West
Nile are being reported in Louisiana, which is
annually among the states hardest hit by West Nile. Although there just 54
reported cases in 2013, there were more than 335
in Louisiana in 2012. – West Nile virus is a virus that you get from a mosquito bite. The mosquito bites an infected bird, and then can pass the virus onto you. It’s not a virus that can
spread from person to person, it does require the bite of a mosquito, but both humans and animals can get it. – [Narrator] Unfortunately, the
West Nile virus can be fatal as 20 people have died in
Louisiana in the past two years. – About 20% of people
that get it will have just a very mild case of it,
that’ll be flu like symptoms such as headaches, fever, body aches, and it typically lasts a couple of weeks and then goes away. If you have high fevers, or
changes in the way you’re thinking, or anything that looks scary, go ahead and go to the emergency room. If you’re having flu like
symptoms, or headaches, and are not all that ill, but
want to make sure about it, then come to your family physician and we can do a test to check for it. – [Narrator] Mosquitoes are
a way of life in Louisiana, which is full of swamps,
rivers, lakes, and wooded areas. And Rapides Parish had one of
the highest incidence rates of West Nile in the United States in 2013, according to the Centers
for Disease Control. There are ways to protect yourself though. – You should always wear
a mosquito repellent that contains DEET, you
should always dress with long sleeves and long
pants on if you’re going to be in a mosquito ridden area. Make sure to drain any standing water, and avoid going outside
during dawn and dusk, which is when the mosquitoes typically are are at their worst around there. – [Narrator] For more information visit rapidesregional.com.

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