What's Going Around 8-10

By: Melanie Lofton Email
By: Melanie Lofton Email

In this week's What's Going Around, a few doctors in the region are treating cases of Lyme disease.

The Grant County health department in West Virginia says they have two suspected cases. Dr. Greg Jesteadt at Harrisonburg Family Practice also says they've seen a few cases. He says though, in our area of Virginia, Lyme disease is not not as prevalent as it is in the northeast and parts of the midwest. Most of the cases his office has seen, has been in travelers visiting endemic areas.

If you are the outdoors type, though watch out for a red expanding rash, fatigue, chills and a fever, headache, muscle and joint aches, and swollen lymph nodes. If you have these symptoms, see a doctor.

Dr. Jesteadt also says he's seeing a resurgence of strep throat. He's not the only one. Love Memorial Clinic in Moorefield West Virginia is seeing cases of strep throat. So is Grant Memorial hospital in West Virginia.

Dr. Jennifer Shue with the American Academy of Pediatrics says "strep throat is an infection of the throat that's caused by a bacteria called group a strep or strep pyogenes." See your doctor if you have a sore throat, fever, and lack of cough. These are hallmarks of the disease.

The whooping cough outbreak seems to be slowing but it's still out there. Augusta Health Infection Control Coordinator Carolyn Palmer, says they've had two more cases of pertussis this week. These are all good reasons to make sure you're washing your hands regularly to prevent the spread of any disease.

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