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Breckenridge woman diagnosed with West Nile virus

BRECKENRIDGE, Texas - Ten days ago a Breckenridge woman visited the Stephens Memorial Hospital with flu-like symptoms.

"She was seen earlier in the morning and came later in that night and was seen again because she was getting sicker," said Stephens Memorial Hospital Administrator Ernest Parisi.

After the woman's condition worsened, she was airlifted to Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth.

"I think it was on the 21st and she was diagnosed down there as having West Nile," said Parisi. 

Parisi said he doesn't think it's reason for alarm.

"You can get bit by a mosquito anywhere so you know it's nothing that I would say the community ought to be concerned about. Yes, it's there, but if you're going to go to Fort Worth/Dallas you have the same risk," said Parisi.

The diagnosis left many people in Breckenridge feeling a little uneasy.

"You don't know who it might affect, or when, or how and that's a lot of uncertainty, a lot of unanswered questions," said Tony Baeze, who has lived in Breckenridge for 21 years. 

"We don't go outside as much because she's three and that would be horrible, but we just try to stay inside," said Sierra Pugh talking about her 3-year-old daughter.

The City said they have been spraying for mosquitoes twice a month since May and it's a good idea for residents to take their own precautions.

"Whenever I go outside I usually like to spray down pretty good; my arms, my clothes, every part I can get to, you know, with some kind of mosquito spray," Baeza said. 

Symptoms of West Nile Virus include fever, headache, body aches, back pain and fatigue.

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