A couple of weeks ago I had someone from west Conway call to let me know they had a confirmed case of West Nile Virus. The call came after two weeks of illness that took the woman near death, according to her.
Her blood sample revealed she was positive. I can't confirm this was an actual case, though she seemed sane enough.
I haven't confirmed with CDC or the health department.
A fifth person in Arkansas died at the end of September.
That's a record for a single year.
Most people are infected from June through September, according to the health department, though October will likely have cases.
Just so you know, you could have it and never know. It's harder on those with a weakened immune system, and only one in five who are infected will even develop symptoms.
Symptoms are fever, headache, body aches, joint pain, vomiting, diarrhea or rash.
Don't be dumb like me. Carry some repellant around.
I got bit quite a few times this past weekend while taking photos at a beautiful wedding.
It was about 9 p.m. when the cloud of mosquitos descended on the plantation where the wedding party was still going strong.
I spent the next day in bed with a headache and body aches, pretty convinced I was suffering from West Nile Virus.
Feeling O.K. today, so can I get a ribbon or a T-shirt or something?