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West Nile Cases on the Rise
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK-- According to the Oklahoma State Department of Health, at least 14 people are infected with West Nile Virus. Officials say several other cases are under investigation.
"It's an outbreak situation right now," said Dr. John Harkess, an infectious diseases physician at Mercy Hospital in Oklahoma City.
Dr. Harkess says at Mercy Hospital, there are four patients in intensive care recovering from West Nile Virus.
"Sometimes they can get partially better," Dr. Harkess explained, "sometimes, they don't get better."
Doctors say there is no vaccine and no cure for West Nile Virus, all patients can do is wait for symptoms of the disease to subside.
"I couldn't get out of bed, I could not sit up in bed," recalls Clark Curry, a patient recovering at Mercy, "I couldn't move my right arm, couldn't move much of my left leg. I was just a sick puppy. "
After weeks in rehab, Curry is slowly regaining movement in his arms and legs, but doctors say it could be months before Curry walks again.
"You don't focus on the frustrating part," said Curry, "you focus on the part that you can do."
Curry says before he was diagnosed with West Nile Virus, he was a healthy 65-year old man who walked a mile and a half each day. Curry never realized how one mosquito bite could change his life.
"All it takes is one, infected, mosquito bite," he emphasized.
Doctors say all Oklahomans should wear insect repellent and long sleeves as much as possible. They also recommend avoiding areas with standing water.
Posted: Tuesday, August 7 2012, 09:42 PM CDT
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Mock drill in SD riles Keystone pipeline opponents
May 24, 2013 15:48 GMT
HOT SPRING, S.D. (AP) -- An emergency drill in Hot Springs has outraged opponents of the Keystone XL pipeline and a proposed uranium mine in western South Dakota after it portrayed the groups as domestic terrorists.
The Hot Springs School District practiced a lockdown May 14 after pretending to receive a letter from a group promising destruction unless the projects were stopped.
The school district and county have been bombarded with emails and calls about the drill from people who felt it unfairly demonized opponents of Keystone XL and a proposed uranium mine near Edgemont.
Farmer Don Kelley tells the Rapid City Journal (http://bit.ly/12S5HBk) he and others want an apology.
Fall River County Emergency Manager Frank Maynard says the focus was on the drill itself, rather than the fabricated threat, and no insult was intended.
Information from: Rapid City Journal, http://www.rapidcityjournal.com
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