A total of 43 cases of West Nile virus have been reported in Georgia this year, four of which were fatal. And while no cases have been reported in Walton County, one resident tested positive in August for a past infection of the virus.
“I had a patient who was sent to my office from the Clearview Regional Medical Center emergency room,” said Dr. Mark Paul Visitacion, an infectious disease specialist with Northeast Internal Medicine in Monroe. “She recently moved to Monroe and apparently was misdiagnosed and was told she had a viral syndrome in Louisiana, where deaths have been reported from West Nile encephalitis. She drove back to Monroe feeling a little better but not satisfied she went to the Clearview (emergency room) and tested positive for recent/past infection but not an active infection.