Back to work for West Nile virus victim

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by JANET ST. JAMES

WFAA

Posted on September 25, 2012 at 9:20 PM

DALLAS — We hear so often about the deaths associated with West Nile virus, but the fact is that the vast majority of its victims recover.

We're happy to report that includes Katharyn DeVille, a former producer at WFAA who now works at Belo Interactive.

Last month, DeVille was battling West Nile meningitis and encephalitis in the hospital. Tuesday was her first day back at work.

Although she is not 100 percent yet, DeVille said she feels very fortunate.

"I still have headaches, and I have numbness in my hands that kind of comes and goes, but the doctor tells me that that's eventually going to go away, which is really good news for me," she said. "I know a lot of people can't say that who've gone through this."

DeVille said her heart goes out to all the other West Nile victims and their families, and she wants to encourage people to continue using insect repellent to deter the mosquitoes that transmit the disease.

E-mail jstjames@wfaa.com

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