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Human West Nile Virus Case Confirmed in Parker County

Man, 58, in critical condition at Fort Worth hospital



    (Published Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012)

    Doctors at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital confirmed they are treating a human case of West Nile virus.

    The hospital could not elaborate on the case because of privacy laws.

    NBC 5 learned about the case from the family of the 58-year-old patient. They said by phone that he became ill on May 6 and was diagnosed with West Nile virus on May 17.

    Neighbors on his street near the border of Tarrant and Parker counties said the news is alarming.

    "I'm a stay-at-home mom, and my daughter and I stay outside all day when the weather's good," Michelle Blackmon said. "It's kind of scary because I don't want anything happening to her."

    The man's family said he has also been diagnosed with Guillain-Barre syndrome. According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine's website, it is a serious disorder that occurs when someone's immune system mistakenly attacks part of the nervous system.

    The man remains in critical condition.

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