West Nile Virus Survivor Speaks at GF Mosquito ConferenceAs we enter into mosquito season, the worries of the West Nile Virus also arrive. The effects of the mosquito-borne disease can vary widely in people. Roger Brockmeyer spoke today a mosquito conference in Grand Forks today. His story was one with a happy ending because survived, but the affects of West Nile are still with him.
By: David Schwab, WDAZ
Roger Brockmeyer / Recovered from West Nile Virus : If it is Christmas Eve put it on.
Roger Brockmeyer jokes about how important it is to wear mosquito spray. He is constantly telling family and friends to protect themselves from being bitten.
Brockmeyer: "Standing out by a slough behind the church and quite a few mosquitoes around that night. "
Brockmeyer was at a church event just south of Devils Lake in 2006 when he was bitten by a mosquito, which he believes left him fighting for his life.
Brockmeyer: "Two weeks later came down with a full blown case of the West Nile Virus."
Roger is speaking about his experience with the disease here at the North Central Mosquito Control Conference in Grand Forks. It's an effort to give those who spend their time fighting the mosquito, a personal account of West Nile Virus.
Brockmeyer: "Headache, confusion, not being able to make sense of anything. Mindlessness, everything is in slow motion."
After 2 weeks in the hospital Roger recovered, but still suffers from some of the affects of the disease.
Brockmeyer: "Have troubles with balance, once and a while I will still fall. My peripheral vision is gone. "