Wyoming has reported an early case of West Nile virus in Campbell County. In past years such cases didn’t manifest until late July or August, but that doesn’t mean that Wyoming is in for a tough season. But it does suggest being prepared for summer activities in mosquito areas.
Mosquitos aren’t just a summer nuisance they can carry diseases that cause illness or even death. Mosquitos bite day or night. They live outdoors and indoors, they can hibernate to escape colder temperatures under homes, in garages or in sheds. A typical Wyoming mosquito season spans summer until fall, so having a battle plan to stay free of them is paramount.
Repellents: Using EPA registered insect repellents are proven effective and safe, even with pregnant women. Use this LINK to find the best mosquito repellent for your needs. Some examples are listed below:
- Oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE)
- Para-menthane-diol (PMD)
- Wear light clothing: White, khaki, beige or olive.
- Wear long sleeves and long pants.
- Pretreat garments with repellent.
- Wear loose clothing since tight clothing can allow mosquitos to still bite.
- Wear hats and facial nets in heavily infested areas while fishing, hunting or working outside.
West Nile Symptoms: Taken from the Centers from Disease Control
- No symptoms in most people. Most people (8 out of 10) infected with West Nile virus do not develop any symptoms.
- Febrile illness (fever) in some people. About 1 in 5 people who are infected develop a fever with other symptoms such as headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea, or rash. Most people with this type of West Nile virus disease recover completely, but fatigue and weakness can last for weeks or months.
- Serious symptoms in a few people. About 1 in 150 people who are infected develop a severe illness affecting the central nervous system such as encephalitis (inflammation of the brain) or meningitis (inflammation of the membranes that surround the brain and spinal cord).
- Symptoms of severe illness include high fever, headache, neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness, vision loss, numbness and paralysis.
- Severe illness can occur in people of any age; however, people over 60 years of age are at greater risk. People with certain medical conditions, such as cancer, diabetes, hypertension, kidney disease, and people who have received organ transplants, are also at greater risk.
- Recovery from severe illness might take several weeks or months. Some effects to the central nervous system might be permanent.
- About 1 out of 10 people who develop severe illness affecting the central nervous system die.
If you think you or someone you love is suffering from a mosquito-borne illness, please contact us for an appointment.
Afton Clinic: 307-885-5852 and Afton Urgent Care: 307-885-5700
Thayne Clinic: 307-883-5852
Alpine Clinic: 307-654-5852 and Alpine Urgent Care: 307-654-5700