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Employment History

Chief of Infectious Diseases

South Georgia Medical Center

Infectious Disease Specialist

South Georgia Medical Center

Infectious Disease Specialist

SGMC Foundation

Infectious Disease Specialist

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Education

MD

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Dr. Willy Saurina, SGMC's ...

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Dr. Willy Saurina, SGMC's Chief of Infectious Diseases has received permission from the parents of the sick teenager to release information from the young man's medical record to allay community fears and calm some of the community's panic.

"Testing seems to indicate that the teenager had a severe sinus infection that penetrated his brain," reports Dr. Saurina.


Valdosta Daily Times - Doctor: Meningitis is an isolated case

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Published January 23, 2007 10:32 pm - VALDOSTA - A 40-year old female is recovering well after being diagnosed with Neisseria meningitis (meningococcal meningitis), according to South Georgia Medical Center's Infectious Disease Specialist, Willy Saurina, M.D.

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VALDOSTA - A 40-year old female is recovering well after being diagnosed with Neisseria meningitis (meningococcal meningitis), according to South Georgia Medical Center's Infectious Disease Specialist, Willy Saurina, M.D.
The infection occurred during the first week of January when the patient was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit.The patient has been discharged from the ICU, where she received intravenous antibiotics.The patient is no longer contagious and is expected to make a full recovery, according to Saurina.
"This is an isolated case and there is no cause for the community to be alarmed," Dr. Saurina said."The Health department is aware of our findings."
The Health Department must be notified of any case of this strain of meningitis because it is a potentially lethal disease.Notification can help reduce human-to-human transmission and outbreak by early detection and treatment of close contacts, Saurina stated.
Only approximately 3,000 Americans contract the disease each year, and Saurina stated that SGMC has not seen a case of Neisseria meningitis in years.
"We do see 15 to 45 cases of viral or HIV-related meningitis every year, but this is not common at all," Saurina said.
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"The disease comes on very quickly, and it can be deadly," Dr. Saurina explains.
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Health care workers are also at a high risk for contracting the disease because they are potentially more exposed, according to Saurina.


MeningitisisIsolatedCase

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According to SGMC's Infectious Disease Specialist Willy Saurina, MD, a 40-year old female is recovering well after being diagnosed with Neisseria meningitis (meningococcal meningitis).The patient has been discharged from the Intensive Care Unit, where she received intravenous antibiotics, and is expected to make a full recovery.

"This is an isolated case and there is no cause for the community to be alarmed," Dr. Saurina said.
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"The disease comes on very quickly and it can be deadly," Dr. Saurina explains.


Infectious disease specialist Dr. ...

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Infectious disease specialist Dr. Willy Saurina said he has seen dozens of patients in the last couple of weeks, but so far, those who have gotten the vaccine appear to be protected.

"The vaccine protects not only the person who receives it, but also their loved ones as if you get sick, you can pass it on to them and then you can't take care of them," he said.
For those caring for infants, elderly relatives, or those with immune disorders, diabetes or HIV, it is especially essential that they get the flu vaccine, said Saurina.
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Saurina said the first 48 hours are crucial in order for the medications to help.


Tackling malpractice insurance woes - The Valdosta Daily Times, Valdosta GA

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Dr. Willy Saurina, chief of infectious diseases at South Georgia Medical Center, said his annual malpractice insurance premiums have climbed nearly $12,000 â€" from $5,000 to an expected $17,000 this year â€" since arriving in Georgia a few years ago.

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If ultimately approved, Saurina expects medical malpractice insurance premiums to decrease â€" MAG Mutual Insurance Co. already promised a 10 percent reduction.This would, in turn, he speculates, lower the cost of healthcare over the longterm.
In a recent interview with The Valdosta Daily Times, Sen.

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