Delta County man dies from West Nile complications

The death of a Delta County man last week was the third in Colorado this year linked to mosquito-borne West Nile virus, authorities said Monday.

The 82-year-old man died Sept. 19 at a local nursing home and had been in and out of hospitals in the weeks prior to his passing while treated for West Nile-related complications, according to Delta County Coroner Kevin Lucy.

The man tested positive 
July 5, Lucy said. The patient had not traveled outside Delta County for several months.

The death, along with two Montrose County residents, account for all the state’s fatal West Nile virus cases this year, according to Mark Salley, spokesman for the Colorado Department of Public Heath and Environment.

Delta County continues to top Colorado in confirmed cases. Through Monday, it reported 29 human cases in patients ages 17 to 87.

Seven people have been hospitalized.

Karen Martsolf, spokeswoman with the Mesa County Health Department, said 11 human cases have been recorded, hospitalizing seven people.


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