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Murfreesboro Man Dies From West Nile Virus

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by Emily Luxen

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - A Murfreesboro man has passed away from complications related to West Nile Virus.

Marion Rogers, 82, was an avid outdoors man and gardener, and family members said he was healthy and active until he started running a fever three weeks ago.

"He said he wasn't feeling well," said Guy Rogers, Marion's son. "I noticed his hands were shaking, which was unusual."

Family members took Marion Rogers to St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital where his condition continued to deteriorate.

"His fever spiked to 103, and he started having tremors and shakes," said Guy Rogers.  "It just got worse and worse and worse."

After 17 days in the hospital, which included two weeks in the intensive care unit, Marion Rogers passed away.

"It was amazing to see someone that strong and healthy be put in that shape that quickly," said Guy Rogers.  "It was amazing to think it was caused by a mosquito."

The Tennessee Department of Health reports West Nile virus is transmitted to humans by mosquitoes and can cause inflammation of the brain.  Symptoms usually appear between three to 14 days after a mosquito bite and may include fever, aches and fatigue early in the illness. Those with severe illness may experience neck stiffness, disorientation, stupor, tremors, convulsions, loss of vision, numbness and paralysis.

The Rogers family said they want others to understand the severity of West Nile virus, and to take steps to protect themselves.

"I think if I had a fever right now and started having aches and pains, I would go to the hospital," said Guy Rogers.  "It is that serious."

The Health Department reports Tennessee has had 15 human cases of West Nile this year.  Of those cases, there have been two fatalities. 

The best prevention methods include eliminating standing water where mosquitoes tend to breed, and wearing bug spray, and long sleeve shirts and long pants when outdoors.

Marion Rogers' visitation will be Tuesday from noon until 2 p.m., followed by the funeral service at Woodfin Memorial Chapel in Murfreesboro.


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