Oklahoma Woman Survives West Nile Virus
TULSA, Oklahoma - An Oklahoma woman who survived West Nile is doing what she can to warn others about the virus.
Kristen Acosta was on a float trip on the Illinois River in Tahlequah when she started coming down with the symptoms. She says it took doctors a little while to figure out was she had. Eventually, a Mercy Hospital infectious disease doctor figured it out.
Oklahoma County Public Health Protection Director Phil Maytubby says last year, the county found West Nile-infected mosquitos sixty different times in their mosquito traps. Maytubby says that's 3 times more than we've ever had in Oklahoma history.
"It is life-threatening, and I feel very blessed like I am a success story. I feel there are many people who are not here and I feel like I am speaking for all of them,” said Acosta.
Health workers say the best thing people can do is make sure they don't allow water to stand and become a breeding ground for mosquitoes.
Four people died from West Nile in Oklahoma last year.