October 2, 2012
West Nile virus leaves man disabled years after the bite of an infected mosquito
By Jeff Shane
The Washington Post
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n northwest Indiana, where I have raised vegetables for 20-odd years, mosquitoes flourish when rain fills the swamp pools in the backwaters of the Kankakee River.
In August 2004, those pools spawned a particularly righteous throng. One afternoon, they found me. I had unzipped my bug-protection hood to write some notes about what I was planting. Bitten sharply on the chest, I slapped and missed. Then I was lanced on the left temple. That was her last act. The gangly bug lay flat on my palm — and so began my odyssey into the world of West Nile that even eight years later is not entirely concluded.