Colorado High School Athlete Dies After Flu-Like Symptoms Turn Out to Be the Plague

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Taylor Gaes, a Poudre High School quarterback and pitcher, died suddenly on Monday, June 9, 2015. He is seen in an image posted to a GoFundMe to raise money for his family.

Taylor Gaes, a Poudre High School quarterback and pitcher, died suddenly on Monday, June 9, 2015. He is seen in an image posted to a GoFundMe to raise money for his family.

A 16-year-old boy in Colorado who appeared to have the common flu has died  from a rare case of the plague, officials said.

Taylor Gaes’ illness didn’t present with the telltale sign of the infection – swollen lymph nodes – which would have alerted officials to the illness sooner, said Katie O’Donnell, a Larimer County Health Department spokeswoman.

Instead, he suffered from a fever and muscle aches, which at first made his sickness look like the flu.