Chicago Firefighter Dies from West Nile Virus

A Chicago (IL) Fire Department lieutenant has died as a result of West Nile virus.

Lt. Thomas Flahive, 58, of Engine Co. 108, died of the virus Thursday night, two weeks after he was bitten by a mosquito in Wisconsin, according to the Chicago Sun-Times ( He leaves behind his wife, Mary Faith, and three adult children.

After being bit, the lieutenant started suffering from flu-like symptoms and went for treatment. He later slipped into a coma and suffered irreversible brain damage.

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