Death of Mesa mother of 3 linked to hantavirus

Autopsy results are pending, but a young Franklin County mother’s death on April 25 has been linked to hantavirus.

Shannon Jorgenson Davis, 25, of Mesa, died at Trios Health, said Benton County Coroner John Hansens. The cause of death has not been determined, pending results of an autopsy.

The Benton-Franklin Health District announced the hantavirus case on Wednesday but left the impression the victim was still alive. Amy Person, the Benton Franklin health officer, confirmed the patient died but declined to identify her, citing privacy issues.

Brianna Jorgenson, who said she was Davis’ sister-in-law, said her death was linked to hantavirus.

Franklin County Coroner Dan Blasdel confirmed the woman was from Franklin County but said she was transferred to Benton County for treatment. Hansens clarified that she died at Trios Health in Kennewick.

Davis was born in Richland, the daughter of Anne and Pete Jorgenson, according to an obituary in the Tri-City Herald. She graduated from Connell High School in 2010 and attended Columbia Basin College. She was active in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Funeral services were held in April. Family and friends will gather for a fundraiser to help with expenses from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Basin City Fire Hall. A GoFundMe account to help with funeral expenses has raised nearly $11,600.

Hantavirus is spread by the droppings of deer mice and can lead to Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome, a rare but deadly illness that is fatal in 36 percent of cases.

The Franklin County case was the fourth in Washington this year. It is the third reported case in the county since 1996.