OGDEN – The first case of the West Nile virus reported by Weber County will soon go a long way to rehabilitation after staying at Mckay-Dee Hospital in Ogden.
Gina Vodopich said her son, Ryan Stuart, is perfectly healthy The 37-year-old who enjoyed barbecuing and working in the yard of the new house he recently bought in Ogden.
Until a few weeks ago, he called his mother to tell her that he was ill.
Vodopich Stuart complained of neck pain and "debilitating headache," but it was not until the sixth day of his illness that she received a phone call that disturbed her.
She said her son was incoherent on the phone, and when she arrived In his house, "he collapsed in his garden, lies on the ground, is immobile."
At Stuart became a rare case of the West Nile Virus diagnosed by infected mosquitoes to a neuroinvasive disease. Tuesday was the ninth day of Stuart's hospital, of which he spent most of his time in intensive care. After his release, he is facing months of rehabilitation and the full impact of the virus on his nervous system is unknown.
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According to the Department of Health of Utah, 11 cases of the virus have been reported this year, six of which have developed into a neuroinvasive disease that can be fatal. The department reports that 60-year-olds or people suffering from certain diseases are more susceptible to the development of more serious forms of the virus.
Although fortunately fortunately this year, Utah did not have to endure a West Nile virus death, a victim succumbed to the virus in 2018 and six people died in 2017.
Several districts across the state report mosquito populations with West Nile virus, including Uintah, Duchesne, Box Elder, Davis, Weber, Washington, Salt Lake, Cache and Utah. The Utah Department of Health reports a total of 162 West Nile-positive mosquito pools nationwide by 2019.
Because there are no vaccines or treatments for the West Nile virus, early detection can not stem the virus. However, Weber-Morgan healthcare nurse Amy Carter said, "If you have a high fever, we recommend visiting your doctor." She added that medical centers can offer "supportive therapy".
Those who survive neuroinvasive forms of the disease can recover fully or partially, which can sometimes lead to permanent loss of motor function due to effects on the nervous system.
Following the release of her son from the hospital, Vodopich expects to be rehabilitated by the beginning of next year. She noted that although his condition has stabilized, his brain is still swollen and he is in consciousness and out of consciousness. He says about 10 words a day, though many are incomprehensible or incomprehensible.
Vodopich said that her son was about to start a new job when he got sick, and she could not get in touch with his employers or find out whether he is currently insured. Her life, she said, came to a screeching halt after her son's illness.
Because it can take two to 14 days for symptoms to manifest once someone becomes infected with the West Nile virus, she said she does not know when or where her son was bitten, but that he is Ogden had not left.
"In order for this not to happen, it could take a 30-second procedure to spray the right kind of mosquito repellent," she pointed out.
Carter echoed the feeling and advised Utahns to wear a mosquito repellent containing EPA approval and deet She said out of the affected states, "Utah is becoming a lower-risk state," noting that in part public education and, in part, effective control.
For more information about the virus, see cdc.gov/westnile.[19659024[19659025