Corona virus Article, Updates in Mississippi, and Simpsons
Simpsons Coronavirus (SARV)
The first full season of the Simpsons Coronavirus (SARV) outbreak is now underway. We’ve known since the outbreak started that the disease would return, and it has. So how does the virus to move from one person to the next? Some viruses are caught in the respiratory tract through direct contact like the flu. Others are carried by mosquitoes and are not picked up by the respiratory system until they have made it into the eyes or sores of another person. In these cases, the symptoms don’t immediately manifest themselves until the second year following the infection.
Simian Coccidioidosis, better known as the “Springfield virus” is currently the most widespread ailment in the United States. It targets mostly younger adults (under 50 years old), and children under five years old are particularly prone to contracting it. It is spread through direct contact with an infected individual or the fluid that collects the urine of an infected person. The virus spreads via direct and indirect contact with the infected eye or nose, mouth, or skin. In rare cases, the virus can be transmitted from one person to another during sexual intercourse.
The latest case numbers from contracted Simian in the Southern U.S. and around the Gulf Coast States indicate that approximately 5.5 million people have been infected this year. This is up slightly from the previous six-month outbreak. Of these numbers, nearly one million people were either hospitalized or treated for their illness. The increase in cases is due primarily to higher incidences of exposure than usual. With fewer cases reported in the spring and summer months, the number of outbreaks is expected to continue to rise throughout the year.
SIDS cases in Mississippi
Because this virus seems to have a longer incubation period than other viruses, the incubation period of the Sudden Infant Death Syndrome strain continues to be unknown. This means that the exact number of SIDS cases in Mississippi has not been known. Until the virus is better understood, the range of potential cases and the time between cases will be hard to determine. Because of the uncertainty associated with this number, the Mississippi State Department of Health and Human Services has re-opened its outbreak response center to offer support to families experiencing infant death syndrome, providing them with the name and contact information for medical professionals.
There are several precautionary measures that families in the Mississippi area should take. Because the numbers have been rising steadily, health care providers in the area have been educating all medical personnel to be prepared in the event that an outbreak occurs. For infants less than nine months of age, it is critical to ensure that a mother does not breastfeed while sick. Breastfeeding helps to reduce the risk of transmitting the virus to a child. While breastfeeding is more readily available in the Deep South, efforts are underway to make home-based care options more accessible to all families.
Although no specific case scenario has yet been identified, medical professionals stress the importance of avoiding contact with saliva or nose hair of an infected individual. For infants less than nine months of age, mothers should not use unwashed baby toys, bottles, and nipples. For women who are breastfeeding, an infant should not be placed in a situation where mouth-to-mouth contact can occur with an infected individual. While the overall risk of infection is higher for African American infants than for white infants, the symptoms of the Mississippi outbreak mirror the symptoms seen in many other cases, and parents should educate themselves about the risk factors associated with these risks.
Department of Health and Human Services (HHSHHS)
Because the disease is so contagious, and because cases tend to cluster around particular regions or hospitals in the state, accurate diagnosis is crucial to effective treatment. Because each case is unique, the Mississippi State Department of Health and Human Services (HHSHHS) recommends that all suspected cases are investigated by the local health department. By working closely with healthcare providers and hospitals, the state is ensuring that the disease is better understood and that the most appropriate treatment can be administered quickly and efficiently. Because the incubation period of this virus is three to five days, even when cases occur less than nine months from the time of contact, it is imperative that medical professionals are able to identify the earliest possible cases so that they can commence effective treatment.
While no specific treatment has yet been identified for this particular strain of the virus, health officials are advising those who may have contracted the disease to receive testing as soon as possible. Because the vast majority of cases occur among young children, doctors are recommending testing for anyone with symptoms consistent with this strain. Testing can be done at home, at a health care provider’s office, or by contacting an organization that offers testing at the county level. In the event that testing does result in a positive result, the patient should be referred to an experienced medical specialist for a comprehensive evaluation and potential treatment regimen.