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Smart Talk: Should Pennsylvanians be concerned about virus?; Needs for your community?

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Sep 17, 2014 1:59 PM
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What to look for on Smart Talk Thursday, September 18, 2014:

Now that school has started and temperatures are getting cooler, illnesses like flu and colds will be spreading.

That's why you'll be encouraged to get a flu shot in the next few weeks.

One illness that has already made its way to Pennsylvania and has many people concerned is related to the enterovirus -- EV-D68.  The Pennsylvania Department of Health has confirmed several cases of the sickness in the Philadelphia and Erie areas. 

EV-D68 is rare and has no known cure.  It's been identified in 11 others states by the Centers for Disease Control.

EV-D68 often results in severe coughing, wheezing, and low oxygen levels.

Pennsylvania Physician General Dr. Carrie DeLone appears on Smart Talk Thursday to discuss EV-D68, other respiratory illnesses and a recent case of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.

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Pennsylvania Physician General Dr. Carrie DeLone

Also, a Keystone Crossroads public forum is scheduled for WITF's Public Media Center Monday evening to address the challenges facing Pennsylvania's cities and other communities.  Public input into what issues that are of concern will be solicited.

On Thursday's Smart Talk, WITF's Public Media News Director Tim Lambert and Keystone Crossroads Editor Naomi Starobin and reporter Emily Previti will discuss the project and be open to suggestions for stories about the state's communities as well.

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  • Radio Smart Talk img 2014-09-19 08:39

    A listener emails

    The first documented case was in Carlisle. My neighbor's daughter was hospitalized last Wednesday for it. She's in 2nd grade. Her mother has refused to speak to the media.

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2014-09-19 08:40

    Tom in Carlisle emails:

    There is a time when to go to the ER and knowing when to call 911.There is a difference. Extreme respiratory distress may require immediate EMS interventions.

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2014-09-19 08:40

    Laura emails:

    Can your guest explain the difference between a cold and the flu? People constantly tell me that have "the flu" and they'll get over it in a couple of days. My understanding is "the flu" is a serious illness that virtually incapacitates a person and takes a couple of weeks to get over.

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2014-09-19 08:49

    Diana in Lancaster emails:

    I haven’t heard the whole program so please ignore if this issue has already come up. How do we find the right balance between too much anti-bacterial soaps, etc. that are leading to resistance to clinical antibiotics and sufficient hand washing to reduce spread of diseases?

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2014-09-19 08:50

    Carolyn emails:

    I'm concerned that my GP does NOT seem to have a very pro-active attitude toward treating Lyme disease, given the dire long-term consequences of the untreated disease. The GP said the only treatment she would offer for suspected Lyme disease, even with the telltale bulls eye rash, would be a single dose of doxycycline. However, a physician friend of mine recommends at least a 30-day prophylactic course of doxycycline (100-200 mg/day), based on her personal experience with the disease and her copious research. My GP says her recommendation is based on current CDC guidelines. In light of this, how true is it that PA's doctors are as educated about Lyme disease as Dr. DeLone contends they are? How controversial is this issue in the medical community?

    Sounds like I'm too late with this question to get a response from Dr. DeLone, but I thought I'd go ahead and submit it anyway, maybe for a future program.