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Debate over potential West Nile case in Dallas County

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Debate continues over a potential West Nile Virus case that was initially thought to be the first human case of 2013 in Dallas County.

Tim Crump was so sick one week ago, he was in intensive care and on a respirator.

"When they put a breathing tube in, it's to make sure they don't stop breathing," said Lisa Crump, Tim's wife.

Tim was told at the hospital he had tested positive for West Nile Virus and Dallas County officials were prepared to announce it as the first case of 2013.

But then the county reversed itself when the state health department said the case did not meet the criteria.

Tim says the health department has repeatedly asked him for more testing - including a spinal tap.

"My doctor says no it's too dangerous they have more than enough evidence. They shouldn't even bother. They called this morning. I told them no," Tim Crump said.

Dallas County Health Director Zach Thompson calls Crump's case an "asterisk case."

"We're not closing the door that it's not going to be confirmed by the state," Thompson said. "Right now the state has not confirmed it and if someone is asking him to do further testing maybe that is part of the vetting process."

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