West Nile virus found in Wyoming

GILLETTE, Wyo. — The first case of the West Nile virus was confirmed near Gillette, Wyo. in Campbell County.

The state department reported that the patient is a Campbell County adult. This report, confirmed in mid-June, is the state’s first confirmed case of the year, and it has come earlier than usual. In the past, West Nile virus has usually been reported in late July.

This year’s wet spring has increased the amount of standing water, creating more breeding grounds for mosquitoes.

Neighboring Sheridan County is taking steps to prevent the spread of the virus, treating water drainage systems for mosquitoes while they are still in the larva stage. Health officials advise using insect repellent that contains DEET.

As of June 11, the CDC has received confirmed cases from 13 states.

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