West Nile Prediction

State health officials are predicting the West Nile virus won't be such a problem along the Front Range next year.

Instead, they think the Western Slope will be hit harder.

The reason: many wild birds that carried the virus have died from the disease or developed immunity to it on the Front Range.

The Western Slope, which for the most part has avoided the disease, will have more susceptible birds next year.

Colorado led the country with 46 West Nile deaths.