Seattle woman tests positive for West Nile virus Health scientist says that a Seattle woman tested positive for West Nile…
Health scientist says that a Seattle woman tested positive for West Nile virus and became the first person in King County to acquire the virus locally.
A woman in her 40’s is King County’s first case of locally acquired West Virginia virus.
KIRO 7 has taught the woman developed viral meningitis from the virus, an inflammation of the brain’s lining, was inserted in mid September for a day and has since been recycled. It is thought she was bitten by an infected mosquito sometime in August.
Before this case, all King County residents who reported West Nile virus had either traveled from the state or to eastern Washington where infections tend to happen every year. 1
9659007] “We’ve had it in birds,” says Dr. Jeffrey Duchin with Seattle-King County Public Health. “It” Has been found in a horse already in 2006. There is a risk. Everyone will assume that our mosquitoes bear Western virus. ”
It’s a virus without treatment.
” There is no treatment for any stage of the West Nile virus, so the best thing to do is to prevent you from getting infected, “said Duchin.” It’s a very rare disease, so that’s good. Most people completely. “
Duchin adds that most people who are infected are not experiencing symptoms at all. If one in five experiences what he calls West Nile fever-a flu-like disease with symptoms including headache, muscle pain and fatigue. Less than 1% experience the virus that causes meningitis or Other inflammations.
Other counties have followed the virus in animals. In August, the Washington Department of Health found the virus in Tacoma mosquitoes for the first time.
Mark Geiss, a family member of a KIRO 7 employee, developed swollen encephalitis in the brain, from West Nile a year ago.
“When I got into the hospital, I really thought I died,” he said. “I began to get a headache, and a couple of hours later it was a huge, horrible, inability migraine. It became extremely, extremely nauseous. “
It took Geiss two weeks in the hospital to recover and another two weeks of rest and recovery at home.
Today he tries to protect himself.”
“Of course, mosquito repellent, stay shut, no matter,” he said. Mosquitoes are so thick in so many parts of our country. “
Duchin also recommends that, as well as eliminating places around work or homes that allow standing water, such as gutters or junk cans, where mosquitoes can be bred.  But when the temperature Sink asked KIRO 7 reporter Linzi Sheldon, “Right now we’re out of more dangerous time, maybe you say, because it gets cooler, it’s almost November?”
“Yes, since October is not the West Nile Virus Risk Period, “said Duchin.” It’s usually the latter part of the summer where mosquitoes tend to be most common. But every year is different. So if mosquitoes are around, take precautions … even now it’s good to clean up places where water can stand and accumulate. “
Geiss recognizes his case was difficult. And he hopes there’s something other people never need to experience.
” I think about it from time to time, my gosh, could this happen to me again or — it’s a scary thing for people everywhere, “he said.
It’s unclear why the virus has moved west in Washington, but Duchin said wet feathers followed by long, hot and dry summers are ideal conditions for mosquitoes and experts believe that weather patterns change could increase western Washington risk to West Nile.
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