Willy Saurina

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Chief of Infectious Diseases  - South Georgia Medical Center

Infectious Disease Specialist  - South Georgia Medical Center

Infectious Disease Specialist  - SGMC Foundation

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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.

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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.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."The disease comes on very quickly, and it can be deadly," Dr. Saurina explains.Health care workers are also at a high risk for contracting the disease because they are potentially more exposed, according to Saurina.

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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."The disease comes on very quickly and it can be deadly," Dr. Saurina explains.

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