Holding out hope for a cure

Lisa Montez struggles with long-lasting affects of West Nile Virus


Photo courtesy Lisa Montez

Lisa (Harper) Montez has maintained her smile despite the difficulties she's faced since contracting West Nile Virus last summer.

In the summer of 2022, everything seemed to be going well for Lisa (Harper) Montez. Along with starting a family, she had a career in technology, was healthy and active and living in the state of Washington.

After returning home from visiting family in Wyoming and Colorado, her health began to decline. With a month, she she knew she had to look for help. After several visits to urgent care with no progress, Montez turned to her primary care doctor. Following a broad scope of laboratory work, the result was a positive test for West Nile Virus.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and...

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