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Wyoming's first 2013 human West Nile case is local

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 7th, 2013

CHEYENNE – The Wyoming Department of Health reported its first human case of West Nile Virus (WNV) in Wyoming in 2013: an adult female from Platte County.

“Wyoming’s season for West Nile virus is not finished," said Emily Thorp, surveillance epidemiologist with the Wyoming Department of Health. "It remains important for people to protect themselves from the mosquito bites that can spread the disease.”

So far this year, Thorp said, the national activity of WNV have been lower this year compared to last year.

WNV spreads from infected mosquitoes biting people and animals. Most people with WNV will never develop symptoms. Those who become ill develop symptoms such as body aches, a skin rash and fever. The severe form of WNV, known as West Nile neuroinvasive disease (WNND) occurs very rarely. Symptoms of WNND include fever, stupor, tremors, convulsions and possibly paralysis.

For the complete article see the 08-07-2013 issue.

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