Woman recovers from Middle Tennessee's 1st West Nile case - WKRN News 2

Woman recovers from Middle Tennessee's 1st West Nile case

Posted: Updated: Sep 6, 2012 10:06 PM
Adrian Johnson was bit by a mosquito on Memorial Day. Adrian Johnson was bit by a mosquito on Memorial Day.

An Ashland City woman recovering from the West Nile virus said she remains hesitant to spend much time outdoors.

On Memorial Day, Adrian Johnson was swimming with friends in a pool near the Cumberland River when she was bit by a mosquito.

"I was scratching it, so it was bothering me," she told Nashville's News 2.

She didn't think much of it at first, and reported to work the following day. It was during her shift that she began to experience a splitting headache.

"I didn't feel sick, I just had a headache," she explained.

Johnson drove home and took a nap. When her husband returned from band practice in Nashville, he found his wife unresponsive and called for an ambulance.

Johnson was in the Intensive Care Unit at Skyline Medical Center for four days. Her fever peaked at 104 degrees, and her body suffered significant swelling.

Tests later confirmed she was infected with West Nile virus, becoming Middle Tennessee's first human case of the disease this year.

Nationwide it has been a big year for West Nile virus.

As of Tuesday, the Centers for Disease and Control confirmed almost 2000 cases of West Nile virus.

That number is more than reported cases in both 2010 and 2011 combined.

Statewide, 12 cases of West Nile Virus have been reported in Tennessee, with half of those cases originating in Shelby County.

Johnson told Nashville's News 2 she feels lucky to have survived.

"I thank the good lord every day because I think it wasn't my time," said Johnson.

For more information on the West Nile virus, visit the Centers for Disease and Control' Web site.

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