Former Guthrie mayor dies after contracting West Nile virus

A blood drive Sunday set up to honor former Mayor Jon Gumerson turned into a memorial event when the well-known resident died on Saturday, an event organizer said.
by Juliana Keeping Modified: October 7, 2012 at 6:36 pm •  Published: October 7, 2012
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People contract West Nile virus when they are bitten by an infected mosquito. The virus is not spread through human-to-human contact. Horses and birds also are susceptible to West Nile virus, along with some other livestock.

West Nile virus causes two separate types of illness: West Nile fever, and serious neurological disease. Symptoms of West Nile fever include fever, headache, nausea, muscle weakness and body aches that usually last between two and six days, but sometimes longer.

Eaves gave blood for the first time today, she said.

“He was like a grandpa to me. He baptized me, and I gave today, for the first time, in memory of him,” she said. “Everyone there today came because they knew and loved Jon.”

Services for Gumerson will be 2 p.m. Thursday at the First Christian Church in Guthrie.

Contributing: Staff writer Matt Dinger

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by Juliana Keeping
Enterprise Reporter
Juliana Keeping is on the enterprise reporting team for The Oklahoman and NewsOK.com. Keeping joined the staff of The Oklahoman in 2012. Prior to that time, she worked in the Chicago media at the SouthtownStar, winning a Peter Lisagor Award...
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