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MIDWEST CITY, Okla. -- After two days in the hospital, Sandy Frame is now back home resting.

Her sister is keeping a close eye on her after Frame said a doctor diagnosed her with the West Nile virus.

"I knew something was wrong, I just didn't know what," Frame said.

Health officials are monitoring a spike in West Nile cases here in Oklahoma.

The State Health Department confirmed three people have now died from the virus.

"It is easy to become afraid of this and certainly there are people that have had fatal outcomes from West Nile virus but they are very uncommon," Dr. Robert Welliver said, infectious disease specialist with the University of Oklahoma.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, severe symptoms include high fever, headache, neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness and vision loss.

Dr. Welliver said, in most cases, people don’t even realize they have the virus and only a small percentage of cases are life-threatening.

"Most people who get West Nile virus infection don't have any symptoms at all; 80 percent of people who get it never know that they had it," Dr. Welliver said.

Dr. Welliver said complications involving the West Nile virus usually involve people over the age of 50.  

Sandy Frame is now waiting and hoping that she gets better.