OGDEN, Utah – Less than 1 percent of people with West Nile Virus develop neuroinvasive disease – that's what Gina Vodopich told her when she was told of doctors whose son was part of it 1 percent.
During a press event at Intermountain McKay-Dee Hospital, Vodopich said his life had come to "a screeching tiger" since his 37-year-old son Ryan Stuart was hospitalized. nine days ago.
Stuart has a hospital of his own and often spends time outside the irrigation of his backyard.
Vodopich said that one day Stuart called him saying he was ill.
"She was complaining about a migraine," Vodopich said. "He received a debilitating headache and a neck injury."
Trying to wait for the illness to leave the hospital, the symptoms persisted for five days.
On the sixth day, Stuart called his mother again.  "We reached him and he collapsed in his yard, not slowly," Vodopich said. "My healthy son is no longer slow and he is laying down his yard with 6-inch shakes."
"He was in and out of consciousness," Vodopich said. "His language is about 10 words per day."
Amy Carter, a distinguished disease and epidemiology nurse at the Weber Health Department, says 10% of patients with neuroinvasive West Nile Virus die from the disease.
"Unfortunately, there is no specific drug to treat the West Nile," Carter said. "It's not a bacterial infection, so we can't treat it with antibiotics."
There are ways, Carter said, to prevent being bitten.
"Wearing an insect repellant, wearing long sleeves and pants that cover your skin. From exposure to bites," Carter suggests.
Carter says it takes 2-6 days to show any symptoms for West Nile Virus. In comparison, he said it takes 20 to 30 seconds to spray some repellant.
The EPA provides a list of repellent products approved for different age groups here. time he puts on the sunscreen or goes outside.
"Ryan may have put his repellant on, but instead, now I'll put it on him," he said.
Depending on how the rehabilitation went, Vodopich said. he expects Stuart to have a home and out of the hospital at the beginning of the new year.