Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- So far this year only one person with West Nile Virus in South Carolina has been reported and less than one percent of people who are infected develop serve symptoms like inflammation of the brain or surrounding tissues.
Meanwhile one woman in Columbia is still battling the effects of contracting the virus more than a year ago.
"They tested me for every virus that a human could get and the last one was West Nile and, so that came back positive," LaMancia Williams said.
In July 2017 LaMancia Williams said she started having flu like symptoms.
"One day I was just working and I got really nauseous and vomited and, so I decided to go to the hospital. Once I got there they checked my temperature and it was 102.8. They gave me fluids, Tylenol and I stayed there for a while and then they sent me home," Williams said.
Within 24 hours of being sent back home, Williams landed right back in the ER, but this time it was worse.
"I couldn't really move my arms, my legs, my hands, my fingers," Williams said.
After many test Williams was diagnosed with West Nile Virus, but her case more severe than most. One of Williams' doctors, Devin Troyer, said this was the first case he had ever seen.
"I think West Nile Virus can infect people sometimes and they have very little symptoms," Dr. Troyer said. "They just have flu like symptoms, but to actually have involvement where they have paralysis and weakness and brain involvement, that's pretty rare."
Williams said her brain swelled, she lost control of her limbs and couldn't speak.
"When I found out that it was West Nile, it was kind of like a shocker not knowing, you know," Williams said. "You hear about it, but actually having it and knowing how serious it was was a little shocking and scary."
It has been more than a year since that day and she is still on the road to recovery. She has been doing physical therapy and said she had to relearn almost everything.
"I just want to be myself again," Williams said. "Sometimes I don't feel like myself because I know what my limitations are and what I can't do. I just want to be able to do those normal things that I could do in the past."
But even through her treatment she said she has never given up and continues to work hard to get back to where she once was.
"You can overcome everything even if something is hard, you have to relearn or you make think you can't do it, that you can," Williams said.
Williams said she still is anxious about going outside in fear of mosquitoes, but said she takes precautions now. Her doctor said there is no specific treatment for West Nile Virus and every case is different.