West Nile kills Mesa County man

By: Ian Margol Email
By: Ian Margol Email

MESA COUNTY, Colo. (KKCO) An elderly Mesa County man has died from complications of the West Nile Virus.

The man was likely infected with the virus in late August or early September, according to health department officials.

He is the first Mesa County death related to the virus this year.

"Ultimately it's a really good reminder that West Nile Virus can be a really serious illness," says Mesa County Health Department spokesperson, Veronica Daehn Harvey. "It's important to take precautions."

West Nile can cause encephalitis or meningitis, especially among the elderly and those with compromised immune systems.

Six Mesa County residents have been diagnosed with West Nile this year. Of those, three suffered uncomplicated fevers and three developed encephalitis or meningitis.


KKCO firmly believes in freedom of speech for all and we are happy to provide this forum for the community to share opinions and facts. We ask that commenters keep it clean, keep it truthful, stay on topic and be responsible. Comments left here do not necessarily represent the viewpoint of KKCO 11News.

powered by Disqus
KKCO NBC 11 News 2531 Blichmann Avenue Grand Junction, CO 81505 Station Phone: 970.243.1111 Business Fax: 970.243.1770 Newsroom Fax: 970.245.3793 News Tip & Contest Line: 970.255.8477
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 225401472 - nbc11news.com/a?a=225401472