Muncie woman warns others about West Nile virus


By: Associated Press

MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) — A central Indiana woman who was infected with the West Nile virus three years ago is trying to educate others about the mosquito-borne disease.

Vicky Hammond of Muncie says she came down with a headache and a rash a couple of days after receiving two mosquito bites on her ankle in 2012. Fatigue eventually followed and she went to a clinic when the symptoms persisted.

Her physician, William Sowers, tells The (Muncie) Star Press that Hammond had a mild case of the West Nile virus. He says symptoms can range from nothing at all to stupor.

Hammond says she became concerned after state health officials confirmed the virus in mosquitoes trapped in nearby Yorktown. She said she wants to help make people aware of the signs and symptoms