West Nile Survivor Says She's Forever Changed By The Virus

Thursday, July 9th 2015, 10:06 pm
By: News 9, Steve McGehee

The Oklahoma City County Health Department reports the first human case of the West Nile of 2015. 

The health department said this is also the second week this year the area mosquito population has tested positive for the virus that killed 15 Oklahomans three years ago. 

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Kristen Adams was hospitalized for several days with the virus two summers ago.  She said high fever and severe headaches lingered for several days and weeks. It took over a year for her to recover.

“Protect yourself, protect your children, protect the seniors, spray yourself with Deet.  Take the right precautions.  If it can happen to me, it can happen to anybody,” she said Thursday from her father Scott Adams’ Law office. 

City County Mosquito Prevention Director Waite Colbaugh said the most effective way to ward off mosquito bites is bug spray that contains Deet.  He said mosquitos are found mostly around standing water.