2nd Panhandle Resident Infected with West Nile Virus

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) - A Bay County woman is the second person to contract the West Nile virus in the state this year.

Rick Davis -- acting director of the Bay County Health Department -- says spinal tests confirmed the virus in a woman who had been treated for inflammation of the brain.

The woman was released from the hospital and is recuperating.

The news comes about a week after health officials announced a Panama City-area resident died from the virus.

County mosquito control officials have been using traps baited with dry ice, which replicates the carbon dioxide expelled in human breath, to catch mosquitoes for disease testing. No trace of the virus has been found in the insects.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by David Location: St. Louis, MO on Aug 17, 2007 at 10:41 AM
    This article fails to mention that a safe and apparently quite effective treatment for WNV encephalitis was published three years ago. Publication in a peer-reviewed medical journal is all that's required for a treatment to officially exist. The FDA is happy for our trial to proceed, since we use already FDA-approved medications which are known to be safe for the general population. Anybody who wants to download our trial documents can do so for free at any time from our homepage at www.genomed.com. Beginning treatment early--within the first 48 hrs of encephalitis symptoms--seems to be the only way to avoid long-term sequelae such as paralysis.
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