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La Verne man sick with West Nile virus

August 14, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
Doctors say an 83-year-old La Verne man is fighting for his life after getting the West Nile virus from a mosquito bite.Doctors think Alfonso Arredondo may have only a few months to live.

Officials said he was bitten in June while in his backyard, which is near a storm drain. His wife says he showed no symptoms until nearly 10 days later when he became quiet while they were eating.

They rushed him to the hospital.

"There's nothing you can do for him, and that just hurts so bad," said his wife Francis Arredondo.

Experts say West Nile virus is on the rise once again, especially with high night temperatures, which increases the prevalence of mosquitoes.

Francis says she is frustrated that they didn't know more about the dangers. She is hoping through her tragedy though that others might realize the danger the West Nile virus poses.

"We have a school right down the street and they come out to play after school. Right now they are on vacation. You see kids running around there and older people taking walks and they don't know the danger," said Arredondo.

Experts recommend that if you plan on being outdoors, especially near water, to use mosquito repellant. Officials say that the highest level of mosquito activity and West Nile virus is in the months of August, September and October.

 

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