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Mon October 7, 2013
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Murfreesboro Patient Dies of West Nile Virus

Credit cdc.gov

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — A mid-state man has died after contracting West Nile virus.

Family members told WTVF-TV (http://bit.ly/1aeurWo ) that 82-year-old Marion Rogers died Sunday at Saint Thomas at Rutherford Hospital in Murfreesboro. Rogers was reportedly admitted about two weeks ago.

He was the 14th person in Tennessee to be diagnosed with the mosquito borne virus this year and the second death from it.

State Medical Entemologist Abelardo Moncayo says it’s been about an average year for West Nile cases. He notes the threat will be much reduced after the first frost.

“We think by the end of October this should all be pretty much over with. However, we did have a case last year in December so it just depends on the weather.”

Moncayo cautions that the mosquitos that carry West Nile are most active at dawn and dusk. He also says senior citizens and those with compromised health are most at risk.