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08/11/06

Woman Dies Suddenly, Recently Diagnosed With West Nile

Doctors at a local hospital are waiting to see if west nile virus contributed to the death of an east texas woman.

74 year old Francis Richeson was laid to rest early Friday.

Two weeks ago, in the Titus County town of Talco, she suddenly became ill. The mysterious ailment left her helpless and in pain.

On August 4th, Richeson tested postive for the West Nile Virus at Titus County Regional Medical Center in Mount Pleasant.

She died 4 days later.

Her results have now been sent to the state health department in Austin to confirm whether or not she died from West Nile Virus.

Titus County Regional Medical Center Information Officer Shannon Norfleet says, "We understand the public's concern about this. Last week we did have a patient who had a positive suspect case of West Nile Virus and by 'suspect case', [we mean] it's not confirmed. Those lab results are sent off to the Texas Department Of Health.

Francis Richeson had a big family; 9 children, and 29 grandchildren.

"Everyone knew my mom as 'maw'. Her door was always open to everyone." Said Richesons' daughter, Sandra Milner.

She says the family was surprised at how fast the disease took her life.

"That Friday we found her and she was lethargic, just lethargic. The disease took control really quick." Says Milner.

Now, the family can only wait and see what will be blamed for their loved one's death.

Reported By: Bob Hallmark; bhallmark@kltv.com.

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