Monday, April 16, 2007

Colo. court swats down mosquito lawsuit

Three prisoners serving potential life sentences in Colorado say their lives have been threatened by mosquitoes. The inmates at Walsenburg and Limon prisons sued, saying they were at risk of contacting West Nile virus or other diseases after they were bitten repeatedly by mosquitoes and suffered "the emotional and mental distress of whether or not each mosquito's bite would result in death or serious bodily injury." The Colorado Court of Appeals swat down their case and upheld a lower court's decision to throw their case out. Prison officials said no confirmed cases of West Nile virus have ever been found in the prison population, and inmates are provided mosquito repellant.

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