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20:32, 08 October 2018

Ohio boy, 7, diagnosed with life-threatening mosquito-borne virus

Ohio boy, 7, diagnosed with life-threatening mosquito-borne virus

An Ohio mother has issued a stark warning to other individuals about the significance of employing bug spray after her 7-year-old son&#x2019s headache turned into a life-threatening diagnosis. Joshua Gay, of Canton, played soccer outdoors on Aug. 27 and began complaining of a headache a handful of days later, The Canton Repository reported.

&#x201CI checked him for a fever and took him to college,&#x201D Carissa Gambs, an emergency space nurse at Aultman Hospital, told the news outlet. &#x201CThe teacher sent me an e-mail later saying he had a fever.&#x201D

Gambs said she followed typical protocol and gave him Kids&#x2019s Tylenol and Motrin before he went to devote the evening at his father&#x2019s house. The subsequent morning, nonetheless, the fever spiked to 104.2.

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&#x201CI believed it was just an early flu or back-to-college germs,&#x201D Gambs told the news outlet.

Gambs said there were no outward signs that would be concerning, but the fever prompted her to keep him property from school on Aug. 30.

&#x201CI came into his area and named him, but he was unresponsive,&#x201D she told The Canton Repository. &#x201CHe was obtaining a focal seizure.&#x201D

Joshua was rushed to Aultman Hospital just before he was transferred to Akron&#x2019s Youngsters&#x2019s Hospital where he was diagnosed with La Crosse encephalitis.

The virus is transmitted to humans via an infected mosquito bite and may possibly trigger fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, and tiredness in patients who exhibit symptoms, according to the Centers for Disease Handle and Prevention (CDC). Serious situations in children below 16 can outcome in seizures, coma, paralysis or even death, and it may possibly leave patients suffering from lengthy-term disabilities.

Whilst there is no certain remedy for the virus, symptoms are typically managed on a case-by-case basis. According to the CDC, the very best way to stop the virus is by using insect repellent, or wearing lengthy sleeves, long pants and socks.

&#x201CThis has been a parent&#x2019s worst nightmare, the factors that have happened and the fears that we had,&#x201D Gambs told the news outlet.


Joshua was discharged from the hospital in September, but not ahead of he was intubated and placed on a ventilator for six days whilst physicians worked to handle his seizures and bring his fever beneath control. He has returned to school but faces at least four weeks of physical therapy to support with his balance issues and leg weakness, as nicely as follow-ups with many neurological specialists, and occupational therapists. He is also at a higher risk for seizure reoccurrence.

Gambs stated the knowledge has left her son terrified of health-related experts, but that he has come a extended way in his recovery.

&#x201CLife will go back to regular I consider,&#x201D Gambs wrote, in element, in a Sept. 24 Facebook post, right after Joshua was released. &#x201CI see undesirable issues typically at work [at the ER]. I might be bothered for a few days, have a lasting memory but my life goes on. I&#x2019m struggling. I cry, I&#x2019m angry, I&#x2019m effortlessly irritated, I can&#x2019t sleep and if I do now I have nightmares.

&#x201CI am very thankful for the folks in my life,&#x201D the post said. &#x201CI have had much more help than I know what to do with. My child came residence. That is all I asked for. He is residence and stronger each day. He appears regular. His legs are weak. The glue is practically out of his hair. He has a scar on his right arm. He has toddler type tantrums now as a side impact, probably life long. He is at a 30 % chance for seizures as effectively. But he is alive and residence.&#x201D

Published at Mon, 08 Oct 2018 16:28:18 +0000

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