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A villager who has lost his husband to West Nile Virus believes he has had a fatal bite on Fenney



A villager who lost his husband to the West Nile virus believes he died after being bitten by a mosquito in The Villages.

Don Roberts, 74, died January 16 at the Shands Hospital in Gainesville. His death certificate states that he died of West Nile Virus Encephalitis and that septic shock and pneumonia also contributed to it.

Don and Sharlene Roberts

It is believed that Roberts, who moved to the Village of Caroline with his wife Sharlene in 2007, was believed to have suffered the deadly mosquito bite in December after playing golf with friends in the village of Fenney. The golfers gathered after their game in the Fenney hearth.

Within a few days he became ill, but the cause of his discomfort was a mystery.

"He got sicker every day," said Sharlene Roberts, who would celebrate her 52nd wedding anniversary this year with her husband.

Her husband's fever rose to 102 degrees and on December 14, he was admitted to The Villages Regional Hospital. The doctors were unable to determine what was wrong, and he was taken to Shands Hospital on December 19. His hospital stay was an incredibly difficult journey as he contracted MRSA and required a tracheostomy.

Don Roberts' death certificate shows that he had been suffering from West Nile virus for weeks.

Roberts, a native of New Palestine, Ind., Worked at RCA as a production manager, leaving behind two children. One is in Denver; the other is in Indiana. After her husband's death, Sharlene Roberts said she has the support of her many friends at The Villages.

She wants to ensure that steps are taken to prevent another such death in The Villages.

She is certain that her husband suffered deadly mosquito bites in the villages. She said that they rarely got lost outside of Florida's friendly hometown and that they did not travel.

Residents of the village of Fenney are reportedly concerned about the death of their villager, especially because Fenney is surrounded by swamps, a great habitat for breeding mosquitoes. The newest village in this area is the village of Marsh Bend.

Mosquito spraying will be the subject of an upcoming meeting in the village of Fenney. The meeting is scheduled for noon until 15.00. Thursday, February 28, at the Fenney Leisure Center and will be commissioner of Sumter County, Doug Gilpin.

A Community Development District 1 supervisor asks mosquito repellent status in Sumter County.


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