West Nile Effects

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While the number of Coloradans who died from West Nile continues to grow and reached 18 today, hundreds of other people in the state are suffering the long-term affects of the disease.

All the people who died from the mosquito-borne disease are elderly, but many young people are also feeling the disease's power.

Thirty-two-year-old Mary Tilger says she's perfectly healthy, but had tremors in her arms and legs, double vision and severe
headaches after contracting the virus.

Approximately half the state's infections are in people ages 25 to 49.

State officials say the West Nile season has probably peaked and will decline as daylight decreases, but still expect the number of cases to increase.