Laramie, Wy – A Sheridan County man is Wyoming's first
human case this year of West Nile Virus.
That's according to the state Health Department, which reported Friday that a Sheridan County man had been hospitalized
with the disease, but was expected to be home recovering soon.
Last year at this time, Wyoming had nine human cases of West Nile. And many neighboring states already have had significant numbers of human cases this year.
Montana had its first human case just last month, but high numbers have been reported in South Dakota (169), Nebraska (57), Colorado (41) and Utah (23).
Health Department director Doctor Brent Sherard says it's hard to know for sure why Wyoming has done so well avoiding the disease.
He say spraying, public education campaigns and favorable weather
each may have played a part.
As of Thursday, 13 horses and four birds in Wyoming have tested positive for West Nile.