Leander teacher shares her battle with West Nile Virus

Leander teacher shares her battle with West Nile Virus

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A Leander teacher is one of six people living in Williamson County with the West Nile Virus. She says she didn't start feeling the symptoms for weeks and hopes they are just temporary.

Everyday life in Round Rock is a little different for Christina Potts. Ever since symptoms started kicking in after she contracted West Nile virus a couple of months ago.

"Headaches, a little bit of memory loss, a little bit slow thinking it's really similar to if you ever had a concussion it feels the same way to me as if I've had a concussion," said Potts.

Potts, a wife, mom and biology teacher at Leander High School, is suffering from memory loss and she hopes it's temporary. In the meantime she's taking some medication, mostly to help with swelling in the brain.

"I've been a teacher for years. I know my lessons I know everything and I've never had trouble remembering things until probably three weeks after having West Nile," said Potts.

Being a biology teacher, Potts knows West Nile virus is spread by mosquitos. But doesn't want pesticide sprayed.

"The ecological concern from the pesticides there's a whole bunch of things. And to my knowledge I haven't seen anything that says spraying reduces West Nile infection," said Potts.

Williamson County has six confirmed West Nile virus cases including a fatality. Round Rock city officials say spraying isn't on the agenda.

"In the past we haven't sprayed. There's some concern with the chemicals," said Will Hampton with the City of Round Rock. "If we started to hear from the health district ‘hey you need to start thinking about this' I think that would trigger a discussion."

Potts isn't letting the West Nile virus get the best of her. She says she still enjoys going outside. She'll just make sure her family is protected and educated on the reality of the disease.

"I know I have a 7-year-old, I've been very worried about her," said Potts.

Texas has the most confirmed cases of West Nile virus. Travis County has 106 cases as of Monday, three in which were fatalities. Williamson County has six cases including a fatality. Hays County also has six cases and Bastrop County has five.

Once infected it usually takes two to 15 days to start feeling symptoms, which include fever, headache and skin rashes. If you feel any of these symptoms see your doctor.

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