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October 23, 2014 (Mt. Helix) – A Mt. Helix resident who died October 10th at Grossmont Hospital is believed to have died of West Nile Virus, 10 News reports. He may have been bitten by a mosquito in Eucalyptus Park in La Mesa, at the base of Mt. Helix, his daughter has said.

The I-8 corridor through the La Mesa, Mt. Helix and El Cajon areas is a hot spot for West Nile Virus, county vector control officer Chris Conlan says . The disease is up sharply over recent years in our region. 

A death certificate lists West Nile Virus as the cause of death for the Mt. Helix man, whose name has not been released at the family’s request West Nile Virus is listed as the cause of death. 

The County is still awaiting confirmation from state lab results, but family says doctors diagnosed West Nile Virus in the victim.

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