Health Alert 10-17-12

By: Gina Pitisci Email
By: Gina Pitisci Email

October 17, 2012 - The first known case of West Nile virus in Bay County Florida has been reported. A 46 year old woman was diagnosed with the potentially fatal virus during a routine blood screening. Health officials said they think the woman contracted the disease in early September.The disease is most commonly carried by mosquitoes. Symptoms include fever, headaches, body aches, nausea and vomiting, and in some cases rashes and swollen glands.
So far, Florida has 48 confirmed cases of West Nile. According to the CDC, two of those cases were fatal.

Also, nearly half of children with autism wander away from the safety of people they know. Researchers from the Interactive Autism Network sampled more than 1,200 children with autism spectrum disorders and found they are four times more likely to go missing than their unaffected siblings. Most children are missing for an average of 41 minutes.

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