Mosquito Bite Paralyzes Arizona Man: West Nile Virus Facts & Everything You Need To Know

Mosquito Bite Paralyzes Arizona Man: West Nile Virus Facts & Everything You Need To Know
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Following a mosquito bite, an Arizona man has been infected with the West Nile Virus.


A few days after he was bitten, Nick Cornelius said he began experiencing flu-like symptoms.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, humans are generally infected by the West Nile Virus through mosquito bites.

When Cornelius went to urgent care, the doctors believed he was suffering from a sinus infection. He was given medication and sent home. However, the next day, he was not able to move his legs. Spending the next four days in the hospital, he underwent a series of tests; after which, he was found to be suffering from the West Nile virus, as reported by

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“I feel like I am an infant. I can’t do anything for myself,” Cornelius said.

Cornelius’ case is extremely rare, as only a minute percentage of infected people develop serious symptoms. CDC notes there are no medications or vaccines to cure the disease. However, one can take preventive measures by using mosquito repellents or using protective clothing.

Although majority of the people infected with the virus do not exhibit any symptoms, 1 in 5 will experience headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea, and rash. Notwithstanding the fatigue and weakness, infected people are able to recover completely from the disease.

However, less than 1 percent of those suffering from the virus can have serious and even fatal neurological illnesses.

Cornelius will be undergoing treatment and physical therapy. His family is not able to afford the cost of the treatment he requires. A GoFundMe page has been set up to help them with their medical bills.

“I don’t think you realize how much help somebody is until it’s taken away from you,” Cornelius’ wife, Tiana, said. “We just have to have faith and know it’s all in God’s hands.”

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