Livingston man recovering from deadly form of West Nile Virus - WAFB 9 News Baton Rouge, Louisiana News, Weather, Sports

Livingston man recovering from deadly form of West Nile Virus

LIVINGSTON, LA (WAFB) -

A man in the Town of Livingston is the latest to become ill from the West Nile Virus. But the symptoms he described are not all that common.

Fabian Duco III loves the outdoors. His gutter cleaning business requires him to work outside, and when he is not working he enjoys relaxing on the banks of the pond in his backyard.

"I spray a lot of this (insect repellant).  These woods with all kinds of different chemicals just in case, because I have a lot of kids that come over here to fish and I don't want anybody getting sick," Duco said.

Duco said he doesn't go anywhere without a can of insect repellant.

"Every time I go outside I give it a little spray to be on safe side."

So when he woke up with a bad earache a couple of weeks ago, Duco thought a quick trip to his primary care doctor would do the trick. He was not expecting what came next.

"Next thing you know he came back and said I had blood on the brain and my brain was shifted and I started to hallucinate, and I was off to the emergency room."

After a series of tests, Duco first tested positive for viral meningitis, then for West Nile Virus. The combination typically means the West Nile illness is neuroinvasive.

"It was like I just woke up and a couple hours later I was at the hospital. Two or three hours later I was hallucinating."

Since there is no medicine for the virus itself, doctors generally treat the symptoms. Duco said he has experienced some memory loss and that the road to recovery has been rough. But he considers himself lucky.

"I'm just glad to be alive to tell you the truth."

Duco is the 93rd person in Louisiana to test positive for West Nile Virus this year. Six have died from the illness.

Copyright 2012 WAFB. All rights reserved.

  • Local/State NewsMore>>

  • Advocacy organization calls for EBR School Board member to resign

    Advocacy organization calls for EBR School Board member to resign

    A Louisiana based organization is calling for the resignation of East Baton Rouge Parish School Board member, Connie Bernard, following the surfacing of a video in which Bernard can be seen engaging in an argument and physical dispute at a neighbor's residence.  Bernard was issued a summons by deputies after causing a disturbance at a neighbor's home where she was captured on video grabbing a young man by the neck and screaming profane language. RELATED: http://www.wa...

    More >>

    A Louisiana based organization is calling for the resignation of East Baton Rouge Parish School Board member, Connie Bernard, following the surfacing of a video in which Bernard can be seen engaging in an argument and physical dispute at a neighbor's residence.  Bernard was issued a summons by deputies after causing a disturbance at a neighbor's home where she was captured on video grabbing a young man by the neck and screaming profane language. RELATED: http://www.wa...

    More >>
  • Educators organize to encourage ExxonMobil CEO to withdraw tax break requests

    Educators organize to encourage ExxonMobil CEO to withdraw tax break requests

    Several groups advocating for the interests of educators and "Together Baton Rouge" gathered outside of a School Board meeting Thursday to publicly request a meeting with the CEO of ExxonMobil, hopeful they'd be able to persuade him to withdraw a request that would exempt Exxon from paying school property taxes on more than 150 million dollars of the company's property.  

    More >>

    Several groups advocating for the interests of educators and "Together Baton Rouge" gathered outside of a School Board meeting Thursday to publicly request a meeting with the CEO of ExxonMobil, hopeful they'd be able to persuade him to withdraw a request that would exempt Exxon from paying school property taxes on more than 150 million dollars of the company's property.  

    More >>
  • LDH downplays reports of measles outbreak; calls it a ‘misinterpretation of language’

    LDH downplays reports of measles outbreak; calls it a ‘misinterpretation of language’

    Source: CDCSource: CDC

    The Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) says there is no measles outbreak in the United States, nor in Louisiana. This week it was reported that 2018 is on pace to be the worst year for measles since 2014 when there were 667 reported cases. According to the latest report from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there have been 107 people from 21 states diagnosed with measles from January 1 to July 14, 2018. Louisiana is among those states where at least one case ha...

    More >>

    The Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) says there is no measles outbreak in the United States, nor in Louisiana. This week it was reported that 2018 is on pace to be the worst year for measles since 2014 when there were 667 reported cases. According to the latest report from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there have been 107 people from 21 states diagnosed with measles from January 1 to July 14, 2018. Louisiana is among those states where at least one case ha...

    More >>
Powered by Frankly