Final Wyoming West Nile Numbers Reported
by Wyoming Department of Health
November 6, 2007
The final count of laboratory-confirmed West Nile virus infections reported in Wyoming residents was 184 this year, according to the Wyoming Department of Health.
One-hundred-seventeen of the reported case patients were from Fremont County. There were eighteen cases in Campbell County, nine each in Goshen and Sheridan counties, four each in Laramie, Natrona and Weston counties, three each in Big Horn, Park and Washakie counties, two each in Converse, Crook and Hot Springs counties and one each in Albany, Carbon, Sublette and Sweetwater counties.
The death this year of one Goshen County man was linked to West Nile virus. Sixteen of this year’s cases involved the more serious West Nile neuroinvasive disease (meningitis or encephalitis). Of the 184 cases statewide, 33 patients required hospitalization.
The reported dates for the onset of symptoms began June 17 and ended September 18 with a peak week ending August 18. Fifty-two percent of cases involved women and 48 percent were men. Ages of those infected ranged from 2 to 86.
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 on West Nile virus is available on the web at www.badskeeter.org.