West Nile Remains a Threat in Wyoming

(Courtesy photo)
(Courtesy photo)

With the first day of summer just a few weeks away, the Wyoming Department of Health wants to remind residents that West Nile virus remains a persistent, potentially serious threat in the State during the summer months.

According to the Department of Health, a very small percentage of those infected develop West Nile neuroinvasive disease with symptoms such as severe headache, fever, neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions and paralysis.

Department of Health Public Information Office Kim Det says that people need to follow the “5 D’s” of West Nile prevention.

Deti said last year there were 10 West Nile cases reported to the Department of Health, of those, 7 involved people with neuroinvasive disease. West Nile first appeared in Wyoming in 2002, and each year, cases have ranged from two a year with no deaths, to almost 400 cases a year with 9 deaths.

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