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Woman Battling West Nile Urges Caution

September 14, 2012, 6:00 PM by Erich Schaffhauser

Woman Battling West Nile Urges Caution

The number of new West Nile cases has dropped but officials are warning you not to let your guard down.

The mosquitoes that can carry the virus are still flying around. A McPherson County woman echoes that warning.

Pulling up to a nursing home three times a week as a patient is not what Carla Geffre had in mind at this stage in her life.

"It's pretty tough, yes," Carla said. "Lost a lot of my independence, have to rely on everybody else for simple tasks."

Carla, who lives in Leola, found out mid-August she has West Nile and hasn't felt her left leg since.

"She has good days; she has bad days. I don't know what I can do to help her. There isn't a whole lot other than the simple tasks she can't do I'm trying to help her with," Tim Geffre said.

Which is why the Geffres urge people to protect themselves against mosquitoes even if there doesn't seem to be as many around.

Based on city traps in Aberdeen, the threat does still exist in the area. Trap counts are down. Workers separate the kind of mosquitoes that can carry West Nile and there have only been a few per trap recently.

But those are the mosquitoes that are out in the evenings when outdoor fall activities such as football games are going on. And it only takes one virus carrying mosquito to bite you before you're sick.

And Carla knows that.

"I don't know when or where I got bit but take precautions," Carla said.

"There's all kinds of things you can do- long sleeves, cover up the best you can, mosquito spray. You never know and it's changed our lives drastically," Tim said.

At this point, Carla doesn't know if she'll regain feeling in her left leg again.

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