West Nile Death Confirmed

Northern Kentucky woman's death linked to West Nile virus

It has now been confirmed that a Campbell County woman has become the first Kentuckian to die of West Nile virus this year. Erma Gutfreund died last Friday at Saint Luke Hospital East in Fort Thomas at the age of 89. Spokeswoman Peggy Patterson for the Northern Kentucky Independent District Health Department confirmed that Gutfreund died of the mosquito-borne illness. State health officials say eleven people in Kentucky have been affected by the virus this year. Other recent cases occurred in Fayette, Daviess, Kenton and Clinton counties. Last year in Kentucky, there were five deaths and 75 cases of West Nile virus in humans.