Local Doctors Take A Deeper Look Into EEE


ANYONE IN THE AIRPORT ON THOSE DATES, AND HAS NOT BEEN VACCINATED, SHOULD WATCH FOR SYMPTOMS AND CONTACT THEIR DOCTOR IF THEY START TO FEEL ILL. DOCTORS ACROSS THE COUNTRY ARE TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHY SO MANY PEOPLE ARE GETTING SICK WITH A DEADLY VIRUS THAT IS SPREAD BY MOSQUITOES. CASES ARE CROPPING UP IN SEVERAL NEW STATES INCLUDING AND SYLVANIA, CHRIS ALTMAN TALKED WITH LOCAL DOCTORS ABOUT WHY EEE IS SO DANGEROUS. IT COMES FROM A VIRUS CARRYING MOSQUITO, AND ACCORDING TO EXPERTS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURG IT COULD BE EXTREMELY DANGEROUS, SOMEONE SHOWING SYMPTOMS HAS A 30 TO 40% CHANCE OF DYING. THE CHANCES ARE ACTUALLY HIGH FOR THIS KIND OF A VIRUS. A DOCTOR HAS STUDIED THE VIRUS FOR THE PAST 10 YEARS, AND SIMILAR VIRUSES, IT DEADLY BECAUSE PEOPLE DO NOT KNOW THEY ARE SICK UNTIL IT HITS THEIR BRAIN. AT THAT POINT IT CAUSES EXTREME ILLNESS. FOR THIS YEAR THERE HAVE BEEN 30 CASES AND PEOPLE NATIONWIDE, 11 DEADLY. ACCORDING TO THE CDC, THE LAST SIX YEARS COMBINED FOR ABOUT 40 CASES. THIS IS QUITE A BIT HIGHER THAN TYPICAL. BUT IT’S NOT UNPRECEDENTED. THE VIRUS IS CYCLICAL AND HAS PEAK YEARS, 2019 IS ONE OF THE PEAKS. BUT IT’S HITTING LEVELS NOT SEEN SINCE THE 1950s, HE SAYS OUR RECENT WET WEATHER AND EXTENDED WARM TEMPERATURES GIVE MOSQUITOES MORE TIME TO SPREAD THE VIRUS. THE CASES START TO SHOW UP IN HORSES IN JUNE, MAYBE HUMANS IN JULY AND THEY PEEK THROUGH AUGUST AND SEPTEMBER. AND IF IT TAKES LONGER TO GET TO THAT, THERE WILL BE MORE CASES. SO FAR IN PENNSYLVANIA THERE ARE NO CASES IN HUMANS, IT’S BEEN SEEN IN ANIMALS IN ERIE AND MERCER COUNTIES AND ON THE EASTERN SIDE OF THE STATE. BUT THE DOCTOR SAYS DON’T LET

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