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Colorado Reports 2 West Nile Deaths This Season

DENVER (AP) – Colorado health officials say two people have died from the West Nile virus this season, both residents of Montrose County in the southwestern part of the state.

The state Department of Health and Public Environment listed the deaths on its website on Tuesday.

Health officials don’t identify West Nile victims. The Montrose Daily Press reports that an obituary for 86-year-old Dorothy Iris Meaker of Montrose County listed the virus as a contributing factor in her death.

The health department has reported a total of 33 West Nile cases in 12 Colorado counties this season, including the two deaths.

Delta County has the most cases, eight. Montrose is second with six cases, including the deaths. Mesa County has five.

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