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Rutherford Co. Man Recovering From West Nile

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by Shannon Royster

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – A Rutherford County man has been recovering from the effects of the West Nile Virus in an area hospital.

Marion Rogers, 82, of Murfreesboro has been in the intensive care unit at Saint Thomas Hospital in Rutherford County.

"He's an avid gardener, swims three to four days a week, exercised quite a bit and hiked," said Guy Rogers, Marion Rogers' son.

Two weeks ago, he was admitted to the hospital. Guy Rogers said his father was so weak he couldn't stand, and he had a mild fever.

"From that point, the mild grade fever turned into a temperature of 103 then severe tremors and chills," said Guy Rogers.

Marion Rogers was tested for West Nile after his son, Guy, told doctors he had several mosquito bites after spending much of his time in his backyard, tending to his flowers and tomato plants.

The test came back positive.

"There's enough in the world that will hurt you," Guy Rogers said. "You think a mosquito is just something that will irritate you not something that will possibly kill you."

According to the Tennessee Department of Health, about 80 percent of people infected with the mosquito borne illness would show no symptoms. Another 20 percent may experience mild flu-like symptoms and less than 1 percent will experience severe illness.

Marion Rogers fell in the latter category.

"He's been on a respirator, off a respirator and now back on a respirator," Marion Rogers said. "So his breathing is easy with the respirator, and he was a little more alert today than I've seen him in the past."

There has been no vaccine or anti-viral treatments for the virus, so Marion Rogers' journey toward recovery will be a long one.

"I tell him this all the time, I say dad you're not going to believe this but a tiny mosquito has caused all of this," said Guy Rogers.

Doctors have not given the family any time frame for Marion Rogers' recovery, and they were not sure if he would experience any residual effects of the virus.

Doctors said the best way to avoid this from happening to you is to use an insect repellant before heading outdoors.


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