In less than a week, several more people in Colorado have died from swine flu, including Patrick Richard Montoya, a 37-year-old Comcast worker and father of five who was remembered in a candlelight vigil at his home last night.
Montoya had no other health problems, according to his family, before he fell ill with a high fever, stomach cramps, and dehydration, writes 9News, which is among several news agencies in recent days to track a new wave of deaths attributed to the H1N1 virus.
“If you guys think you have the swine flu or even mild cold, you need to go in and get checked. We love him, and we are missing him. This is unfair to all the kids that he left behind,” says Desiree Montoya, Patrick’s sister.
Boulder’s Daily Camera and Pueblo’s Chieftain also report deaths. Meanwhile, The Washington Post notes that a new analysis of people in 10 states finds asthma sufferers are susceptible to more severe cases of swine flu.