McAlester West Nile Victim Warns Of Severity Of Virus - NewsOn6.com - Tulsa, OK - News, Weather, Video and Sports - KOTV.com |

McAlester West Nile Victim Warns Of Severity Of Virus

Posted: Updated:
It took doctors eight days to diagnose Hal Dalton with the most severe form of West Nile infection. It took doctors eight days to diagnose Hal Dalton with the most severe form of West Nile infection.
"He's had a positive attitude since the get-go, and if anybody can improve, he will improve," Debbie Dalton said. "He's had a positive attitude since the get-go, and if anybody can improve, he will improve," Debbie Dalton said.
McALESTER, Oklahoma -

In Oklahoma's first confirmed case of West Nile Virus, the virus left a McAlester man unable to walk or see.

The patio chairs on the Daltons' back porch sit empty now. That's the place where Hal and Debbie would go each night to unwind from a long day.

"We'd just sit there until she'd say, ‘Hey, I got bit by a mosquito, let's go in,'" Hal said.

It's been more than two months since a mosquito bite turned the Daltons' lives upside down.

8/17/2012 Related Story: Tulsa Health Department Concerned West Nile Cases Could Rise After Rain

"Now the thing that's baffling to me is: How can mosquito bite you, and then when it hits you that night, have your strength level go to zero?" Hal said.

It's a sensation that's hard for Hal to explain or understand.

At 78-years-old, Hal was always on the go, loved to be outdoors—by all accounts the picture of health.

"I golf four days a week, I worked the yard, I got a garden," Hal said. I've got a Corvette that I wash every week, you know - hand wash and polish and drive and everything - and I was very active."

It was after a weekend of yard work that Hal said he started feeling ill.

He thought he'd come down with the flu.

"I went [tried to get up] and that's as far as I got. I could not move and then I started trembling all over—I mean, just horrible," Hal said.

It took doctors eight days to diagnose Hal with the most severe form of West Nile infection.

For weeks he couldn't see and he still can't move his legs.

"It's awful, but you know, I really don't try to think of it that way, because it just kind of is what it is," Hal said.

Doctors can't say for sure if he'll ever walk again, but his wife knows better.

"He's had a positive attitude since the get-go, and if anybody can improve, he will improve," Debbie said.

Hall added, "You don't think about it until it affects you. My message would be: be aware of West Nile. It's very real."

Healthy, active adults, 50 and older, have the highest risk of becoming infected with West Nile Virus.

In Oklahoma, the majority of cases this year have been the severe neuroinvasive form.

See our complete West Nile Virus coverage.

Special Features

Live Traffic

Get the latest road conditions on Green Country roadways.

iPhone App

Get breaking news, weather, sports & video directly on your iPhone.

CBS Shows

Watch your favorite CBS shows for free online.

Links

Looking for a website or event you heard mentioned on News On 6? Find it here!

TV Schedule

Need to know what's on TV? Check out our television schedule.

Live Radar

WARN Interactive

Featured on NewsOn6.com

  • Radars

    See where weather is happening using our live interactive radars.

  • Osage SkyNews 6

    When there is breaking news across the state Osage SkyNews 6 can be first on the scene.

  • Storm Zone

    Watch tornadoes tear across Oklahoma and learn how to stay safe!

Powered by Frankly
News On 6
303 N. Boston Ave.
Tulsa, OK 74103
Newson6.com is proud to provide Oklahomans with timely and relevant news and information, sharing the stories, pictures and loves of Oklahomans across our great state.
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2017 KOTV. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.