Wyoming West Nile Virus case count updated
One case reported in Sublette County
by Wyoming Department of Health
September 12, 2007
With 155 cases reported to the Wyoming Department of Health, the 2007 West Nile virus infection case count in the state has continued to climb in recent weeks.
Sixteen of Wyoming’s 23 counties have reported West Nile virus cases this year to the state. Fremont County residents account for 104 of the reported cases.
There have also been 15 cases reported in Campbell County; eight in Goshen County (includes one death); seven in Sheridan County; three each in Natrona and Washakie counties; two each in Big Horn, Crook, Hot Springs, Laramie and Park counties; and one each in Albany, Converse, Sublette, Sweetwater and Weston counties.
Eleven of this year’s reported cases in the state have been West Nile neuroinvasive disease (meningitis or encephalitis). Symptoms include severe headache, fever, neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions and paralysis.
The age range for the reported cases is 2 through 86, with a median age of 47. Females account for 52 percent of the cases and males are at 48 percent.
In 2006, 65 human cases and two deaths were reported in Wyoming. There were 12 human cases with 2 deaths in 2005; 10 human cases with no deaths in 2004; and 393 human cases with 9 deaths in 2003.
More information about West Nile virus is available at www.badskeeter.org or by calling 1-877-WYO-BITE.