For those of you that are fans of the hit reality TV series ‘Duck Dynasty’, you’ll be shocked to hear that the culprit behind star Jep Robertson’s seizure could have been a mosquito! Here’s an article with some further information:-
Mosquito bite may have caused Jep Robertson’s seizure
Robertson was hospitalised on October 19 after having a seizure while deer hunting. He tested “kind of positive” for meningitis and encephalitis, and said “a mosquito can do a lot of damage.”
It is scary when you realize just how instantaneous a seizure is, and when you find out that the cause could be from a mosquito bite it’s even more terrifying. Most of the time we don’t know that we have been bitten by these deadly insects until it’s too late. We need to make sure we protect ourselves and our families from ever being in the same situation as Jep. Here’s a video of his first interview since the incident.
What is encephalitis? What causes encephalitis?
Encephalitis is acute inflammation (swelling up) of the brain resulting either from a viral infection or when the body’s own immune system mistakenly attacks brain tissue. The most common cause is a viral infection. In medicine acute means it comes on abruptly; of abrupt onset, develops rapidly, and usually requires urgent care.
Let’s hope that Jep makes a speedy full recovery, and that awareness has been raised to us all by such a high profile case. The new season premiers this month.