West Nile-infected mosquitoes found in Wyoming

Grant Boone
August 9, 2018

West Nile Virus is communicated to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito.

In the third week of July, 28 mosquito samples tested positive for West Nile - 12 more cases than the average 16 typically reported at that time for the past 12 years, according to the governor's office.

A mosquito trap in Drumbo tested positive for the virus during routine surveillance. Standing water can be treated with EPA-approved larvicides to kill mosquitoes before they become adults.

The health district said mosquito testing, which began in June is expected to continue through the late fall.

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DCHHS said there is now no vaccine or specific treatment for West Nile virus.

There is new evidence of West Nile virus in Perth County. Of those who show symptoms, most will experience mild illness, including fever, headache, body aches, nausea, vomiting and rash on chest, stomach or back.

The mosquitos get the virus by feeding on infected birds.

Use insect repellent when outdoors; a repellent with DEET or Icaridin offers the most effective protection. By the end of mosquito season in October, 26 Dallas County residents had reported infections, leading to two deaths.

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