West Nile-infected mosquitoes found in Wyoming

Last year 26 people contracted the virus and two died in Dallas County

Last year 26 people contracted the virus and two died in Dallas County

"This is the first direct evidence of West Nile activity in our area this summer", reads a release from Hastings Prince Edward Public Health.

The health district said mosquito testing, which began in June is expected to continue through the late fall.

Four out of five people infected with West Nile virus will not show any symptoms, but, in rare cases, severe illness including meningitis or encephalitis, or even death, can occur.

Mosquitoes carrying West Nile Virus have been discovered in St. Louis County this July.

The Allegheny County Health Department will treat for mosquitoes in several Pittsburgh neighborhoods where they have tested positive for West Nile Virus. They can be infected when they feed on the blood of infected birds.




West Nile Virus is spread to people through the bite of infected mosquitoes. "Dallas County Health and Human Services not only conducts active surveillance to detect WNV and monitor infection rates locally but also educates the community to take preventative action".

Use insect repellent when outdoors; a repellent with DEET or Icaridin offers the most effective protection.

At this point a year ago, DCHHS had reported six West Nile infections.

Stephen Young has written about Dallas news for the Observer since 2014.

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