WPR News
5:05 am
Thu June 1, 2006

Summer and West Nile Seasons on the Way

Laramie, Wy – Summer is coming, and the Wyoming Health Department is now on the lookout for West Nile virus.
Last year, only 12 people in Wyoming were infected by the mosquito-borne virus. Two of those people died.
That's down from 393 cases and nine fatalities in 2003. It's also well below the infection rates of Wyoming's neighbors: South Dakota had 229 cases last year, Nebraska had 188, Colorado, 106, Utah 52, Montana 25 and Idaho 13.
The state West Nile virus coordinator says Wyoming's aggressive spraying program has helped keep mosquito populations down, and a public education campaign has helped make people more aware of how they can reduce their risk of exposure.
Still he says people have to be careful.