CHEYENNE, (AP) - A Washakie County man has died from West Nile virus - the state's first reported fatality from the disease this year. The Wyoming Department of Health announced Friday the man had been hospitalized before he died this week. Seven cases of the virus have been reported to the health department this year. There have been two cases in Platte county and one each in Campbell, Converse, Fremont, Goshen and Washakie counties.
Mosquitoes spread the virus when they feed on infected birds and then bite people or other animals. State epidemiologist Dr. Tracy Murphy says residents need to recognize that the virus can be a serious health threat. He says people should take steps to protect themselves and others from mosquito bites.