Washakie County Man Dies Of West Nile Virus

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.

Wyo Theater
view counter
We now require people to use their real names for comments. (firstname/lastname) Expect comments to be removed if this condition is not met. Multiple comments without your Firstname/Lastname will result in the account being blocked.

Send us a News Tip!

Have a news tip?
Use our anonymous form to let us know.