Wednesday, September 9, 2015

West Nile Virus Cases in Augusta

AUGUSTA, GA (PR) – As the Georgia Public Health Laboratory confirmed three cases of West Nile virus infections in Augusta, local people may wonder what they can do to protect themselves and their families.

Dr. Jim Wilde, professor of pediatrics emergency medicine at Georgia Regents University, is a member of the Georgia Pandemic Influenza Planning Committee and the Medical College of Georgia Pandemic Flu Committee and serves as the state medical director for GUARD – Georgia United Against Antibiotic Resistant Disease.

Following the H1N1 flu scare in 2009, Wilde worked in conjunction with the East Central Health District to develop and activate G-LINE: Georgia Region G Local Information Network for Emergencies. This website was designed to provide locally relevant information to physicians and the general public during public health emergencies.

In a new video, he discusses how West Nile virus infections are transmitted and what people can do to protect themselves.

“West Nile is here to stay. It’s not going away,” Wilde said. “It is now the number one cause of mosquito-borne encephalitis in the United States. Encephalitis is an infection of the brain, and that can be deadly.”

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