West Nile death confirmed in Northern Utah

Published 10/09 2012 02:09PM

Updated 10/09 2012 02:15PM

Centers for Disease Control
LOGAN, Utah, (ABC 4 News) – Public health officials from the Bear River Health Department and the Utah Department of Health announced the state’s first West Nile virus-related death of 2012 on Tuesday.

Officials say the individual was a resident of Box Elder County who died while hospitalized. According to the BRHD, the patient was older than 65 years, and no other information about the victim was available.

Health officials affirmed that to date in 2012, a total of two cases of West Nile virus have been confirmed in Box Elder County, while only four cases have been confirmed statewide.

In contrast, Utah Health officials said that Colorado has reported 106 cases and three deaths. The state hardest hit has been Texas with 1,438 reported cases and 54 deaths.

----Information from: Bear River Health Disctrict.

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