In this week's What's Going Around, we begin with a different type of influenza.
Dr. Jeffrey Feit with Page Memorial Hospital says he is seeing a number of cases of something called Influenza B. He says the virus comes in many colors, but they are divided into "A" and "B." "B" tends to have more gastrointestinal symptoms. He also warns that the "B" side has more of a resistance to Tamiflu.
Central Shenandoah Health District's Epidemiologist Deborah Bundy-Carpenter wants to remind you about a disease that can cause death. As the weather starts to warm, it's human nature to want to enjoy Mother Nature. But going outside means a higher risk of coming in contact with animals that are wild or stray and could be carrying rabies.
She makes these suggestions:
- Vaccinate your pets against rabies
- Keep an eye on your pets
- Do not handle wild animals
- If you see an animal acting strangely, call an animal control officer
- If you are bitten, wash the wound with soap and water for at least five minutes, then call your doctor.