Originally created 09/26/03

White County woman listed as state's second West Nile death



ATLANTA -- The death of a White County woman has been ruled the state's second West Nile death this season, state health officials said Thursday.

But the woman had severe health conditions which also may have contributed to her death, said Richard Quartarone, spokesman for the Georgia Division of Public Health.

In addition, about three months separated her death - which happened earlier this week - from when she was initially diagnosed with the mosquito-borne virus, he said.

Earlier this month, the death of a 51-year-old Muscogee County woman was listed as the state's first death of the season. There have been 15 human cases of West Nile virus this year.

Last year, Georgia reported 44 human cases of the disease and seven deaths, mostly in metro Atlanta and south Georgia.