Saturday, August 02, 2008

Mosquito Disease may cause seizures and brain damage!

Virginia health workers want you to be aware of a rare disease spread by mosquitoes. They confirmed a case of La Crosse Encephalitis in the Shenandoah Valley area.

They say the child that got the disease has since recovered. It can be fatal, but rarely. In fact, there are only about 70 cases reported every year nationwide, most of them children. Still experts recommend you be aware of mosquitoes, eliminate stagnant water and use insect repellent.

Dr. Kerry Gateley, Central VA Health District - "Overall it's not something for everybody to be worried about but I would say it's something for parents in particular to be aware of."

La Crosse Encephalitis involves an inflammation of the brain. Symptoms can range from headaches and vomiting to seizures and brain damage.

But sometimes the disease is so mild patients don't feel anything.


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