Here Come Another One……ZIKA VIRUS

Here Come Another One……ZIKA VIRUS

Good Afternoon, Family. Another ‘not sexy’, yet extremely critical and detrimental topic….ZIKA Virus Take a close look at the map below. The geographic origins of this virus physically abuts half of the southern states, and likely affect the remaining states of the Union based upon vacation and travel patterns.       What is ZIKA VIRUS? 1. Mosquito-borne Virus…….Transmitted By Mosquitos (Aedes aegypti) 2. Mexico…..South America…..Central America….Puerto Rico….Carribean 3. Birth Defects…….Microcephaly (small head and abnormal brain development)                            4. Neurological Disease…..Guillain-barré syndrome (muscle weakness.. paralysis…loss of reflexes….numbness/tingling) 5. Symptoms….Fever…..Rash….Joint Pain……Conjunctivitis/’Pink Eye’ (Inflammation/Infection of the Outer Layer of the Eye and Eyelids)                     *******ONLY 1 IN 5 AFFECTED WITH VIRUS HAVE SYMPTOMS********* 6. Treatment……No Vaccine or Specific Medication Rest….Fluids……Preventative measures to prevent mosquito bites, which can then infect the mosquito and propagate the virus in your geographic area!!! Why Should We Care? This is affecting thousands of human beings and new lives. With travel and the natural migrations of humans, as well as other species, this is now an issue that has the potential to spread rapidly across this nation….PUTTING US ALL AT RISK!! *************AT LEAST 36 PEOPLE INFECTED IN THE U.S.************* ************VIRGINIA COLLEGE STUDENT CONTRACTED VIRUS WHILE TRAVELING IN CENTRAL AMERICA…..Reported Today************ Who’s Affected and At Risk? All who travel in the affected areas. Particularly PREGNANT women, in whom the virus may result in MICROCEPHALY of the unborn baby.       What is Microcephaly?     The baby’s head is abnormally small. Can be diagnosed by Ultrasound...
This Could Have Happened To You…..The Flint Water Crisis

This Could Have Happened To You…..The Flint Water Crisis

Because of the Flint Water Crisis, I felt it essential to review Critical Information about Lead Poisoning and Water Safety. Lead Toxicity In Children…..   4 Million Homes In The U.S. Have High Lead Levels There is NO SAFE LEAD LEVEL in Children!!!!!!     Sources of Lead 1. Paint 2. Water 3. Art Supplies 4. Contaminated Dust 5. Gasoline Products (No longer in the U.S. and Canada)                              Route of Lead Contamination….. 1. Oral….Ingestion…..Paint…..Dust….Water……Toys and Household Items (Painted before 1976)……Toys (Made Outside The U.S.)…..Pipes and Sink Faucets……Soil Contaminated by Car Exhaust and Chipped Paint…..Storage Batteries…..Kohl or Kajol eyeliner (Found in other countries) ***Lead in Drinking Water Cannot Be Tasted, Smelled or Seen*** ***The only way to detect lead in water is to test it****   2. Inhalation….Dust containing lead particles or when Burned/Melted Signs and Symptoms of Lead Toxicity Occur After Months To Years of Exposure (Source…www.heathline.com and www.des.umd.edu):   1. Abdominal Pain/Cramps/Constipation/Loss of Appetite 2. Numbness/Tingling of Extremities 3. Memory Loss 4. Anemia 5. Loss of Developmental Skills in Children 6. Headache/Sleep Disturbances/Irritability 7. Fatigue/Joint Pain/Muscle aches/Clumsiness 8. Kidney Dysfunction 9. High Blood Pressure 10. Behavior Problems 11. Low IQ 12. Growth Delays 13. Learning Difficulties 14. Problems With Hearing 15. Encephalopathy……Confusion/Seizures/Coma 16. Miscarriage/Impotence/Decreased Fertility 17. Nausea/Vomiting 18. Blue Tint To Gums and Under Fingernails   Abnormal Lead Levels…. Adult……….Greater than 20 micrograms/deciliter Children…..Greater than 10 micrograms/deciliter     Treatment……   1. REMOVE SOURCE OF LEAD 2. Chelation Therapy (EDTA)….Binds to Lead, which is then excreted in the urine. 3. Proper Nutrition……Adequate Iron and Calcium...