Wyoming Health Officials Issue West Nile Virus Warning
WDH Epidemiologist Katie Bryan says mosquitos spread West Nile Virus (WNV) when they feed on infected birds and then bite people, animals or other birds. While many people who contract the virus don't even realize they are sick, in other cases it can be serious or even fatal.
Symptoms of the more serious cases can include severe headaches, fever, neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, and paralysis.
Wyoming has had as many as 393 cases of the virus and nine deaths, to as few as two cases and no deaths in recent summers. The Health Department urges people to follow the "5 Ds" of West Nile Virus prevention: