Winnebago Woman Recovering from West Nile Virus

By: Landon Cassman Email
By: Landon Cassman Email

"I was very sick. More sick I think than I've ever been before. And I wouldn't want to go through it again," said Deb Groom of Winnebago.

It took doctors a week to determine why Groom was sick to her stomach and running a high fever for several days.

"I was down on the couch 24 hours a day for a good 3 to 4 days, until I just couldn't take it anymore," said Groom. "I really was scared that something more was going on, and something was wrong."

Groom is one of two Winnebago residents who contracted the West Nile virus this summer. The Winnebago County Health Department said the infection was found in 23 birds and 11 mosquito pools in Winnebago County this year.

"It was a relief to find out what it really was, that we could put a name to it. But it was frightening," said Groom.

The health department set up a mosquito trap in the Groom's backyard to find the source of the virus. Employees are checking the device daily in search for infected insects.

"Even if you don't see mosquitoes, doesn't mean they're not there," said Groom. "They are there, and you really should protect yourself."

Groom says she now wears mosquito repellent nearly every time she leaves the house, even though doctors say she should now be immune to the disease.

"I'm not taking any chances," she said. "Don't want to get it again."

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