Health officials suspect influenza caused the death of CSU student Matthew Wayne Kitzman, who was found dead in his home on Monday.
Kitzman, a 25-year-old senior animal sciences major, was found by his girlfriend, and although an official cause of death has yet to be determined, officials believe he died of influenza A. Tests for the H1N1 virus, or swine flu, are pending, said Larimer County coroner Greg Fairman.
Fairman also said Kitzmanâ€™s 383-pound weight was a contributing factor in his death after examiners found discoloration and inflammation in his heart. He was set to graduate in May.
â€œItâ€™s very, very sad,â€ said university spokesman Brad Bohlander. â€œOur heartfelt condolences go out to Matthews family and friends.â€
Kitzman showed flu-like symptoms for about a week before his death. He went to Poudre Valley Hospital on Saturday but tested negative for influenza and was sent home with fluids.
Both of Kitzmanâ€™s roommates are in healthy condition and there is no indication the case is linked to any outbreaks.
â€œThereâ€™s nothing going on that anybody should be worried about,â€ Fairman said.
Students are encouraged to receive flu vaccines from their local physicians. Hartshorn Heath Services also provides flu vaccinations for $20 for students and $25 for non-students.
â€œCases of the flu are starting to appear, and in some cases it can be very, very serious and can be deadly,â€ said Larimer County Health Department spokeswoman Jane Viste.
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