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What is encephalitis? Encephalitis is a viral disease that causes swelling and inflamation of the brain. It is spread by infected mosquitoes.
What are the symptoms? It is usually a mild illness with fever, headache, nausea, vomiting and tiredness. If severe can cause seizures, tremors and swelling of the brain.
Who can get it? Anyone can get it but children and persons who work outside in an area where the infected mosquitoes are located are at greater risk.
What can I do? Reduce mosquito areas around your home. Remove any containers that can hold water (buckets, outdoor toys, unused flower pots, small boats, old tires, litter, etc.), keep gutters clean, use screened windows and doors.
When outside wear dark clothing i.e. long pants and long-sleeved shirts especially in the early morning and early evening
Use mosquito repellent, containing DEET (read labels and/or consult physician especially when using on young children) particularly in the early morning and early evening when mosquitoes are most active.
Norovirus is a common cause of gastroenteritis-or as most people call it-“stomach bug”. A new strain that was first discovered in Australia is now the leading cause of this virus in America. Whether you are dealing with the old or new strain, the symptoms, treatment and prevention methods are all the same.