Friday, February 12th at 10 a.m.
West Nile virus, which first appeared in the United States in 1999, continues to be the most common mosquito-borne illness in the country, but there are others that have begun to make an appearance here now too. Zika is the newest virus to make headlines. Chikungunya is another making news in recent years.
Many of these illnesses are often acquired while traveling. However, local transmission has occurred with West Nile and with Chikungunya in Florida. So it is possible that the same could eventually occur with Zika, especially in Florida and the deep south where mosquitoes tend to thrive.
Many of us have a lot of questions about these illnesses. Why don’t we have medications that kill viruses the way we have antibiotics that kill bacteria? Why are there so many new viruses being discovered? How do viruses cause disease symptoms in humans? What can we do to protect ourselves against viruses? Will lifestyle changes, medications, supplements, exercise help? Are some people more prone to catching colds, and other virus infections, than others?
Get answers to these questions and more in an OU Medicine Live Chat with Dr. Robert Welliver, an infectious disease expert with OU Children’s Physicians this Friday, February 12th at 10 a.m.
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