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Louisville woman has tested positive for West Nile Virus

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Posted at 10:37 AM, Sep 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-19 10:37:53-04

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE/LEX 18) — A woman from Louisville has tested positive for the West Nile Virus, according to WAVE.

WAVE reported that mosquitos in Kentucky and Indiana have recently tested positive for the virus.

The woman who tested positive, Ann Robinson Burks, told WAVE that she does not remember getting bit by a mosquito in the first place.

"It has been awful," Burks told WAVE.

Burks told WAVE that she did not know what was happening for three weeks. She said she had fevers, headaches and a full-body rash that came out of nowhere.

"Yeah, this is the worst side of it. The purple has changed on that side and on that side," Burks told WAVE.

Burks has received several tests and didn't have any results back until Wednesday, when doctors told her she had the West Nile Virus, according to WAVE.

She told WAVE that the test coming back positive was a relief because not knowing what was wrong was the scariest part.

Burks told WAVE that she now has to worry about lifelong issues, including meningitis.

"I wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy," Burks said to WAVE.

According to WAVE, a Metro Health and Wellness press release stated that there were four reported cases of the virus in Louisville in 2018. None of those cases were fatal.

The last death reported was 2016, according to WAVE.