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West Nile strikes hard in Colorado

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DENVER, Jul 31, 2003 (United Press International via COMTEX) -- Eighteen cases of West Nile Virus fever have been confirmed in Colorado, making that state the hardest hit this year by the mosquito-born virus.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Texas has confirmed 11 West Nile cases this year, with Louisiana reporting 10 cases.

However, another 10 suspected cases in Colorado would bring that state's total to 28 -- double Colorado's entire 2002 toll from the disease.

The Rocky Mountain News said 13 of the new Colorado cases were reported this week.

The newspaper said this year's West Nile victims are suffering a high number of health complications, with six developing encephalitis and five developing meningitis.

Copyright 2003 by United Press International.

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