Mesa County Reports First West Nile Death
MESA COUNTY, Colo.- Mesa County reports its first death related to West Nile Virus this year. An elderly Mesa County man has died from complications of the virus. Health officials believe the man was likely infected with the virus in late August or early September. His symptoms were cough, body aches, fever, and chills. He later developed encephalitis, acute inflammation of the brain. West Nile Virus can cause encephalitis or meningitis, especially among the elderly and those with compromised immune systems. Of people infected with West Nile Virus, 80 percent show no symptoms. Symptoms can include headache, fever, body aches, nausea, a rash and swollen lymph nodes, as well as the more serious complications of encephalitis and meningitis.