GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- A bumper crop of mosquitoes in West Michigan is raising concerns about West Nile virus.
The Grand Rapids Press reports ( http://bit.ly/10MhRHM ) that Michelle Dann of Grand Rapids knows first-hand how the mosquito-borne virus can turn a life upside down. She went from a 46-year-old who exercised five days a week last summer to frail, pain-wracked and unable to walk or talk. She was hospitalized for five weeks and missed three months of work.
She urges others to use repellant and take steps to minimize the risk of mosquito bites. When the illness struck, she felt weak, fatigued and nauseous. A rash covered her. She also had tremors and headaches.
A spinal tap showed she had meningitis and encephalitis. A week later, she was diagnosed with West Nile.