West Nile Virus

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Mosquitoes have been a nuisance in Laramie this year with higher than usual numbers. The weather has been both helping them reproduce and hindering control efforts.

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The Wyoming Department of Health is reporting the first case of West Nile virus this year involving an adult in Campbell County.

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The Wyoming Game and Fish Department (WGFD) is once again on the lookout for West Nile virus in sage grouse. The department is asking Wyoming residents to report any dead sage grouse they find, so it can be tested through the Wyoming State Veterinary Laboratory.

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According to the Wyoming Department of Health, the Zika Virus should have little to no presence in Wyoming this summer.

There have been 618 cases of Zika in the United States reported to the Centers for Disease Control over the past year.

The virus is linked to the birth defect microcephaly, a condition where babies are born with smaller-than-average heads and underdeveloped brains.

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The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is monitoring Sage Grouse for signs of West Nile Virus. The disease, carried by mosquitos, has a high mortality rate for the bird.

Tom Christiansen, the Department’s Sage Grouse Program Director, says keeping tabs on what kills Sage Grouse is always important, but it’s crucial as the September Deadline approaches for federal officials to decide whether to list Sage Grouse as endangered.

Wyoming has seen a slight increase in the number of West Nile Virus cases in the state.  State Health Officials say a surge in recent weeks has pushed the number of confirmed cases to 13 with one death. 

Kim Deti with the Wyoming Department of Health says last year the state confirmed seven cases.  She says it’s difficult to say why they’ve seen an increase this year.

The Wyoming Health Department is reporting the state's first human case of West Nile virus this year.

The agency announced today that the case involves an adult female from Platte County.

Meantime, mosquitoes with West Nile virus have been detected throughout Fremont County this week.

Officials say they found mosquitoes with the virus in Riverton, Lander, rural Hudson and Arapahoe.

Fremont County Weed and Pest supervisor Lars Baker says West Nile is showing up earlier this year than in the past.