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How to Stay Safe From Measles

Emporia, VA – The Virginia Department of Health issued a press release informing people of a possible exposure to measles in the Northern Virginia area. More than 1,000 measles cases have been reported in the United States in 2019. At halfway through the year, this is already the greatest number of cases reported in a year in the U.S. in more than 25 years.

Measles is a serious and highly contagious respiratory disease that can be dangerous for infants and young children. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), from 2001-2013, 28% of children younger than 5 years old who had measles had to be treated in the hospital. It is easily spread through droplets in the air from the patient coughing or sneezing. Patients are contagious 4 days before the rash even starts and the virus can live for up to two hours in an airspace where the infected person coughed or sneezed.

“Measles can be serious and it's more than just a rash and fever.  It can cause serious health complications so it's important to vaccinate,” says Spencer Feldmann, MD, a family medicine physician at Southside Physicians Network (SPN). 

Measles starts with a fever that can get very high. Some of the other symptoms that may occur are:

  • Cough, runny nose, and red eyes
  • Rash of tiny, red spots that start at the head and spread to the rest of the body
  • Diarrhea
  • Ear infection

For some children, measles can lead to:

  • Pneumonia (a serious lung infection)
  • Lifelong brain damage
  • Deafness
  • Death

Getting vaccinated is the best way to prevent measles for yourself and your family.  Some people are unable to get the vaccine due to medical conditions and treatments including those with cancer. When enough people (93% to 95%) are vaccinated against measles, the entire community is less likely to get the disease.

There are 2 vaccines that can prevent measles:

  • The MMR vaccine protects children and adults from measles, mumps, and rubella
  • The MMRV vaccine protects children from measles, mumps, rubella, and chickenpox

“The most important thing for everyone to know, especially parents, is that getting vaccinated is safe and effective,” says Dr. Feldmann. 

Measles used to be very common in the United States before the measles vaccine was available. Due to high vaccination rates, it was declared eliminated from the U.S. in 2000. It is still common in many parts of the world. Every year, unvaccinated travelers (mostly unvaccinated Americans) bring measles into the U.S. from those countries.

Measles outbreaks have been confirmed in 26 states this year. According to the Virginia Department of Health, the high number of cases in 2019 is primarily the result of a few large outbreaks occurring in Washington state and New York which started in late 2018.

Southside Physicians Network Improves Diabetes Care Options For Emporia and Greensville County

Emporia, VA – Southside Physicians Network (SPN) is proud to announce that Dr. Neha Lalani, fellowship trained endocrinology and board certified in internal medicine is now accepting new patients in Emporia. Starting Monday 4/1/19, Dr. Lalani will provide endocrinology services to help residents with diabetes, thyroid conditions and other medical issues. She joins Family Medicine providers Dr. Spencer Feldmann and Amanda Temple, MSN, FNP-C at 511 Belfield Drive, Emporia, VA 23847.

“Dr. Lalani is well-liked and respected by her peers at Southside Physicians Network,” said Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees Member, Dr. Hall Squire. “There is a great need for diabetes care in our area and having a fellowship trained endocrinologist of her caliber here will help improve the health of our patients.”

Endocrinologists specialize in the treatment of our body’s glands and the hormones they produce. Dr. Lalani deals with metabolism, or all of the internal processes that make the body work.  Endocrinology services have been greatly needed in the Emporia area; previously, the closest endocrinologist was across the North Carolina border or in Petersburg, VA.

Dr. Lalani specializes in diabetes management and believes in creating a team approach to healthcare, focusing on partnering with the patient to achieve results. She understands that diabetes and metabolic diseases can cause distress to patients and their families and it requires the patient to learn a new way of living.

“We must to meet our patients where they live and not make them drive hours for the treatment they need. That means being in Emporia and keeping patients near their home and family,” said Lalani.

Dr. Lalani earned her medical degree from Deccan College of Medical Sciences in India, where she was in the top 10 of her class. She completed her internal medicine residency at the University of Buffalo, Catholic Health System in Buffalo, NY, and her fellowship in endocrinology and metabolism at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, KS.

She is a member of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinology and the Endocrine Society. Lalani joined SPN in 2019 and her primary office is in Petersburg, Virginia.

To make an appointment with Dr. Lalani, call 434-532-7194 or click here to learn more>>> http://bit.ly/2ItQHb1

Southside Physicians Network Commits to Improving Eye Care in Emporia New Ophthalmology Office Coming Soon

Emporia, VA – Starting Wednesday August 8, Emporia residents will now be able get quality eye care from Southside Physicians Network (SPN). Dr. Rishi Parikh is now accepting patients at the Southside Physicians Network office in the Walmart Shopping Center at 301 Market Dr. Suite I in Emporia.

Rishi Parikh, MD is board certified on ophthalmology and has performed more than 5000 surgeries. A native of Ohio, Dr. Parikh is no stranger to Virginia. He did his residency at Virginia Commonwealth University Health system and has been in Richmond, VA working alongside Dr. Akshay Dave at Dominion Eye Associates.

Dr. Parikh provides a comprehensive list of eye care services, from advanced diagnostics and treatment of a wide range of vision problems, to the latest techniques in vision-correction surgery. Dr. Parikh utilizes advanced diagnostic and therapeutic equipment to preserve or improve eyesight.

Available at this new SPN office will be a full range of ophthalmologic services from routine eye exams to complex surgical procedures for vision problems such as:

  • Cataracts
  • Corneal disease
  • Diabetic eye disease
  • Glaucoma
  • Laser vision correction
  • Premium lens implants.

Call to make your appointment today – 434-336-1030.

About Rishi Parikh, MD

Fellowship: Corneal Associates of New Jersey, Fairfield, NJ

Residencies: Virginia Commonwealth University Health System, Richmond, VA and The Christ Hospital, Cincinnati, OH

Medical Degree: University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, OH

Undergraduate Degree: University of Cincinnati College of Engineering, Cincinnati, OH

Professional Memberships: American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons

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