Tulsa woman with West Nile Virus recovering


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Updated: 8/14/2012 10:09 pm Published: 8/13/2012 10:31 pm


Tewanna Napier was awake and talking as she sat down for an interview with FOX23, such a simple task seemed impossible just days ago.

The Tulsan was attacked by mosquitoes in early July. Napier said her symptoms started with a headache and blurry vision. 

"My whole head felt like pressure was on it," said Baker. 

Hours later, the headache brought her to her knees. 

"I was so weak, I had to crawl to the door," said Baker.

She doesn't remember her ambulance ride. Medics told Napier's family she might have contracted meningitis. Her trip to the hospital lasted seven days. 

"I couldn't even feed myself, walk, or bathe myself," said Napier. 

The weakness persisted, Napier refused food and her energy faded. 

"They say I slept for 24 hours," said Napier. 

Upon release, she got a call from the Tulsa County Health Department, thirteen others received the same call. 

John Baker with the Health Department said all 13 cases have popped up around the county in the past month. 

Two people have died, an elderly man in Oklahoma County and an 81-year-old woman in Seminole.

The State Health Dept. reports 55 cases of West Nile, more than 20 new cases just in the last week.

The county traps mosquitos once a month and surveys them for viruses.  The county also sprays regularly, as long as wind is minimal.

Napier said she started feeling sick after a family gathering in North Tulsa, near Pine and Harvard. Mosquitoes in that area did test positive for West Nile, as well as many other areas in Tulsa County.

Napier said doctors told her a full recovery is still about two months away. 

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whatintheworld - 8/24/2012 1:06 PM
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So glad she is recovering! very scary and sad for the ones we have lost. Get better fast! Praying for you :)
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