Area Woman Reaches Goal Weight With Zika Virus

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Marilyn McDonald is happy with the weight she lost after getting the Zika Virus on vacation in Brazil.
Marilyn McDonald is happy with the weight she lost after getting the Zika Virus on vacation in Brazil.

Grass Valley, CA —  34-year-old Marilyn McDonald has tried for years to lose weight, often at the losing end of various diet programs. Now she is finally happy with the progress she made after losing almost 24 lbs after returning from a 2 week vacation in Brazil where she became ill with the Zika Virus.

“I’ve always struggled with my weight,” said Ms. McDonald in a Gish Gallop telephone interview. “I’ve tried many things over the years and none of them really worked. So I pretty much gave up. Then this year, we were finally able to afford our dream vacation to Brazil and I got Zika. Now I’m 24 pounds lighter!”

According to her husband, Tim McDonald, the couple returned from Brazil in late January and Ms. McDonald didn’t even know she had the virus. However as the symptoms began to appear, she began to lose her appetite and was forced into bed for over two weeks.

“Yeah, she was in a bad place, you know?” Said a relieved Mr. McDonald. “The doctors said there wasn’t much she could other than rest. Which is what she did. And then she lost all that weight. So, I know it’s probably not right, but she’s kinda happy about that.”

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