According to a release from the Park County Sheriff's Office, one of their deputies that died Oct. 14, may have been exposed to Hantavirus.
"On October 14, 2013 at 3:30 am our office was notified that Deputy Joseph Edward Ybarra Hamilton had passed away," said a release from Undersheriff Monte Gore.
"Our Department was taken back by the news. Deputy Hamilton was only 29 years old and in good health. He and his family had just recently purchased a home in South Eastern Park County. He had been working to clean up sheds and out buildings on the property," the release said.
"Based on his symptoms medical authorities suspect Deputy Hamilton may have been exposed to Hantavirus at his recently purchased home where he may have come into contact with rodent droppings. An autopsy is being performed to confirm the diagnosis."
Sheriff Wegener and the staff of the Park County Sheriff’s Office offer our most sincere condolences to Deputy Hamilton’s family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Funeral arrangements are being made by Deputy Hamilton’s family.