Wednesday, August 29 2012 12:20 AM EDT2012-08-29 04:20:54 GMT
Across Alabama 12 cases of West Nile Virus have been confirmed. One death has been reported. Friday, State Health Officer Dr. Don Williams reported to media that one person has died from the virus. AMore >>
Across Alabama 12 cases of West Nile Virus have been confirmed. One death has been reported. Friday, State Health Officer Dr. Don Williams reported to media that one person has died from the virus. A Montgomery County adult died from West Nile Virus.
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Friday, August 24 2012 6:19 PM EDT2012-08-24 22:19:45 GMT
In Birmingham, city and school officials are not taking chances with virus. Instead, they've decided to be proactive, with the hope of keeping west Nile from spreading. ABC 33/40 spoke with Don Lupo withMore >>
In Birmingham, city and school officials are not taking chances with virus. Instead, they've decided to be proactive, with the hope of keeping west Nile from spreading.More >>
MONTGOMERY - AL -
The concern about West Nile Virus continues to grow. One person in Montgomery County has died, others have experienced neurological issues, and others have had less serious illnesses. The Alabama Department of Public Health is investigating cases of West Nile virus (WNV) statewide. Of the 12 confirmed human cases of West Nile virus, 9 are male and 3 are female adults. Six are from Montgomery County.
When a person is infected, early recognition and prompt supportive treatment for these illnesses can substantially lower the risk of developing severe disease. About 10 percent of people who develop neurologic infection due to WNV will die. People over 50 years of age and those with certain medical conditions, such as cancer, diabetes, hypertension, kidney disease and organ transplants, are at greater risk for serious illness.
Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), WNV and other mosquito-borne viruses are transmitted by mosquitoes after they feed on birds. The same mosquitoes can then infect mammals, particularly humans and horses. Like humans, horses can sometimes become seriously ill from these infections.
Effective vaccination is available for horses. In 2012, there have been 7 cases of EEE in horses, including 4 cases in horses located in Dallas County, and 1 case each in Elmore, Mobile and Montgomery counties. Epidemiologists point out that EEE can be more dangerous to people and other mammals than other mosquito-borne viruses, but that the same mosquito prevention measures reduce exposures to any of these diseases.
In addition, 3 cases of WNV have been confirmed in horses. One case was in a horse in Jefferson County, 1 in Mobile County and 1 in Montgomery County.
For WNV and EEE in humans, there are no commercially available medications for treatment or vaccines for prevention. People with milder illnesses typically recover on their own, although symptoms may last for several weeks. In more severe cases, patients often need to be hospitalized to receive supportive treatment, such as intravenous fluids, pain medication and nursing care. Anyone who has symptoms that cause concern should contact a health care provider.
Thursday, May 23 2013 8:54 AM EDT2013-05-23 12:54:58 GMT
The first funeral for the Oklahoma tornado victims killed at Plaza Towers Elementary School is Thursday. Nine year old Antonia Candelaria, one of seven children killed after the elementary school was destroyedMore >>
First of seven children killed at Plaza Towers Elementary School during Monday's tornado will be buried today.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 6:07 AM EDT2013-05-23 10:07:06 GMT
You may not be able to predict when a natural disaster will strike, but you can be prepared for the worst. Here is a list of things you need in your emergency kit:FLASHLIGHTSBATTERIESGENERATORAM BATTERY-POWEREDMore >>
Be prepared in case of a natural disaster emergency.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 2:55 AM EDT2013-05-23 06:55:19 GMT
Governor Robert Bentley and Alabama Emergency Management Agency (AEMA) Director Art Faulkner on Thursday will hold a hurricane preparedness workshop for all state agency directors. Hurricane season beginsMore >>
A hurricane preparedness workshop will be held Thursday for all state agency directors.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 12:01 AM EDT2013-05-23 04:01:36 GMT
Beginning in June, changes to regulations of parking and towing in the City of Birmingham will take affect. "For the first time in the city's history, we put regulations in place to regulate the carsMore >>
Beginning in June, changes to regulations of parking and towing in the City of Birmingham will take affect. More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:58 PM EDT2013-05-23 03:58:51 GMT
The Shelby County Sheriff's Office is seeking information on the location of missing teenager.Carrie Elizabeth Masters, 17, of Columbiana, was last seen Saturday, May 18 at approximately 1 a.m. when sheMore >>
Carrie Elizabeth Masters, 17, of Columbiana, was last seen Saturday, May 18 at approximately 1 a.m. when she left her home in a silver SUV with an unknown male.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:21 PM EDT2013-05-23 03:21:19 GMT
NEW YORK CITY -- Former University of Alabama Director of Athletics Mal Moore was named the winner of the College Athletic Director of the Year Award Wednesday night at the 2013 Sports Business AwardsMore >>
Former University of Alabama Director of Athletics Mal Moore was named the winner of the College Athletic Director of the Year Award Wednesday night at the 2013 Sports Business Awards banquet.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:07 PM EDT2013-05-23 03:07:15 GMT
HOOVER, Ala. (AP) - Brian Anderson scored on a wild pitch in the 10th inning to give Arkansas a 2-1 victory over Mississippi in the second round of the Southeastern Conference tournament on Wednesday. AndersonMore >>
Brian Anderson scored on a wild pitch in the 10th inning to give Arkansas a 2-1 victory over Mississippi.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:06 PM EDT2013-05-23 03:06:11 GMT
BY Sean Cartell, SEC Digital Network HOOVER, Ala. -- Ninth-seeded Texas A&M launched three home runs Wednesday to knock off top-seeded Vanderbilt, 5-0, in the Southeastern Conference Baseball TournamentMore >>
Ninth-seeded Texas A&M launched three home runs Wednesday to knock off top-seeded Vanderbilt.More >>