Lacrosse Encephalitis Prevention

A display of bug battling products is nothing new on store shelves! Recently outside the State Capitol Building, it was no sidewalk sale, instead a serious campaign to teach about the dangers of Lacrosse Encephalitis. That is because of the state's heavily wooded areas West Virginia making it a hotbed for infection.

It's a rare viral disease spread by infectious mosquitoes that most often affects children. The danger - it can attack the central nervous system and cause severe complications.

Symptoms are similar to having the flu, but in kids they can also lead to seizures, even comas! And there's no vaccine for the virus so a new campaign is teaching awareness and prevention!

Use bug sprays to protect the skin and get rid of breeding sites near homes. Make sure you don't have places where water collects and mosquitoes can breed.

Every step to get rid of items like old tires and birdbaths will help prevent a dangerous sometimes deadly disease.

The state is pushing prevention because there is no specific treatment for Lacrosse Encephalitis. Instead patients are treated based on their symptoms and complications.

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