An 11-year-old boy from Great Bend may be the latest Kansan to contract the West Nile virus. Hospital officials say Jordan Schenkel has all of the symptoms of West Nile, but state heath officials cannot confirm the test results.
Last month, Jordan started having seizures. His parents took him to the emergency room in Great Bend where he fell into an eight-day coma. When he woke up, Jordan couldn't speak or walk. He has been recuperating at a Wichita hospital for nearly a month.
Ten people in Kansas have officially been infected with West Nile this year, but the Kansas Department of Health and Environment cannot confirm Jordan has the virus.
Jordan's father believes there are many more cases of West Nile that KDHE has not confirmed. Just this week local blood banks ran out of blood after officials noticed an increase of donors whose blood has tested positive for exposure to West Nile.
KDHE officials say blood banks and hospitals have different testing systems. They cannot comment on Jordan's case, but they say his tests may have been sent to the Centers for Disease Control for more testing.