Wyoming Reports Human West Nile Infection

Wyoming Reports Human West Nile Infection

The Associated Press reports Wyoming has recorded its first human case of West Nile Virus of the year occurring in an adult male in Crook County.

In 2010, there were three total cases, but no deaths have been reported due to the virus since 2009. Toby Granger, registered nurse at Sheridan's Public Health facility, explains human symptoms of West Nile Virus.

Granger said West Nile Virus can be prevented by avoiding mosquito bites via the use of deet insect repellents, protective clothing, and staying inside during the times of the day when mosquitoes are most active.

Montana officials have also said two horses tested positive for West Nile Virus in Carbon and Powder River Counties. These are the first reported cases of the disease since 2009. The Montana state veterinarian said horse owners should consider vaccinating their animals. Although the virus is not always fatal, it can have long-standing aftereffects.

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