Scottsdale man recovers from West Nile virus

SCOTTSDALE, AZ - Monsoons are bringing more than rain to the Valley.

They also bring mosquitoes and some carrying West Nile virus are a growing concern.

A Scottsdale man recovering from the virus knows just how serious it can be.

Francis Scanlon is happy to be home with his dogs after three weeks in the hospital.

"I was in bed, I couldn't do anything. I couldn't move my legs, I couldn't swing out of bed," Scanlon told ABC15.

He had a fever of 107 degrees, and after several tests doctors diagnosed him with West Nile virus.

He figures he probably got it from a mosquito bite, right inside his house.

Now Scanlon is on 10 different medications and can only get around with the help of a walker.

"June 28, I didn't need this," Scanlon says. "I was walking, driving, doing everything, you know. And in a matter of minutes you can be struck by this."

The Maricopa County Department of Public Health confirmed three cases of West Nile virus in June.

Mosquitoes are attracted to standing water that can collect around your yard in pots and bird baths after it rains.

Scanlon lives just a few doors down from a canal.

"If you see one mosquito, one's too many. Just whack ‘em," Scanlon says.

It could take him a year to get better, but the 79-year-old Scanlon says he's lucky to be alive.

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