People contract West Nile virus when they are bitten by an infected mosquito. The virus is not spread through human-to-human contact. Horses and birds also are susceptible to West Nile virus, along with some other livestock.
West Nile virus causes two separate types of illness: West Nile fever, and serious neurological disease. Symptoms of West Nile fever include fever, headache, nausea, muscle weakness and body aches that usually last between two and six days, but sometimes longer.
Eaves gave blood for the first time today, she said.
“He was like a grandpa to me. He baptized me, and I gave today, for the first time, in memory of him,” she said. “Everyone there today came because they knew and loved Jon.”
Services for Gumerson will be 2 p.m. Thursday at the First Christian Church in Guthrie.
Contributing: Staff writer Matt Dinger