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Sep 3, 2012 6:11 PM by Kate Richards

Elderly woman dies of West Nile

MONTROSE, Colo. (AP) - An obituary notice says an elderly Montrose woman has died of complications of West Nile virus.

The obituary printed in the Friday edition of the Montrose Daily Press says Dorothy Iris "Irish" Meaker died Wednesday, days before her 87th birthday.

Montrose County Coroner Thomas Canfield told the newspaper he couldn't immediately confirm the death was due to West Nile. The state health department says at least 22 human cases of West Nile infection have been reported through Aug. 27, including at least three in Montrose County.

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