Aug 10, 2012, 9:06:21 AM CDT -
Post By: Children's Health
There's a lot in the news right now about the West Nile virus, and with good reason, as there have been 11 reported deaths in the region and 130 reported cases of infection in Dallas County so far this year, according to the latest reports. But before you throw a mosquito net over your house and yard, read what our infectious diseases expert, Jeffrey Kahn, M.D., has to say about keeping your children safe from the disease.
"Certainly children can be infected with West Nile, but they seem to get less severe disease than older adults," Dr. Kahn said. "However, children, particularly those children with weakened immunity, can certainly get the most serious form of the disease so the potential for West Nile virus infection must be taken very seriously."
Minimizing exposure is the easiest way to reduce the risk of you or your children contracting the diseases, he says. Here are some facts about the West Nile virus and how to stay safe the rest of the mosquito season:
Dr. Kahn further discusses these thoughts in this video: And read this West Nile Q&A.
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