West Nile Strikes in Fremont County
Written by Andrew-Rossi on August 28, 2018
The first case of West Nile virus in Wyoming this year has been reported in nearby Fremont County.
The Wyoming Department of Health says that the infected person is an adult, but gave no further information about the patient.
West Nile Virus can cause serious illness, although officials say that most people who are infected don’t show any symptoms. Among those who become ill, symptoms include fever, headache, body aches, skin rash and swollen lymph nodes. A very small number develop West Nile neuro-invasive disease with symptoms such as severe headache, fever, neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions and paralysis.
Because mosquitos spread West Nile virus when they feed on infected birds and then bite people, animals or other birds, the Wyoming Department of Health cautions residents to take steps to protect themselves and their families from mosquito bites.