Last Friday, Sept. 21, the DCI learned that a Delta County man in his 80s had died from West Nile virus related causes.
On Monday, Delta County Coroner Kevin Lucy confirmed the death of an 82-year-old male who had not traveled out of Delta County for several months.
The last sentence of the Lucy's fax indicates the man received the infecting bite at some location within Delta County. The man was a resident of Orchard City.
The Delta County WNV death is the third reported so far this year in Colorado. Two deaths from West Nile related causes have been confirmed in Montrose County.
As of Monday, Sept. 24, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) was reporting 20 Delta County cases and the one death. Of the 20 reported, 14 were West Nile fever, four were West Nile meningitis, and two were West Nile encephelitis.
The Delta County Health and Human Services Department has actually confirmed 29 cases in Delta County, including the death.
"I can tell you that the 29 cases in Delta County have been confirmed by CDPHE; they just haven't made it into their comparative database. Unfortunately, you won't have similar 'current' numbers for adjacent counties and the state," said county health officer Bonnie Koehler. The reason is that the CDPHE website can be up to two weeks behind posting the most current cases.
The CDPHE website was reporting 11 Mesa County cases and 18 Montrose cases as of Monday, Sept. 24.
West Nile testing paid for by the state is only available to the uninsured or under-insured; not everyone. It is available in selected counties with elevated risk levels based on early positive mosquito pools, explained Koehler. On the West Slope, qualifying counties are Delta, Mesa and Montrose.blog comments powered by Disqus