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Second Death in State Tied to West Nile

Posted - Sep. 26, 2003 at 8:20 a.m.



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A 64-year-old North Georgia woman infected with the West Nile virus has died, the second death from the disease in the state this year, health officials said Thursday.

The White County woman, whose name health officials did not release, had other health conditions that may have contributed to her death, but West Nile played a role, said Richard Quartarone, spokesman for the Georgia Division of Public Health.

At least two months ago, the woman developed paralysis, a rare complication of West Nile, Quartarone said. She was hospitalized for several weeks before being released to undergo rehabilitation at home, where she died Saturday.

Earlier this month, a 51-year-old Muscogee County woman died from West Nile. She also had serious chronic conditions.

Georgia has reported 15 West Nile cases this year, including the two deaths. The state had 44 cases and seven deaths last year.

Copyright 2003 The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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