West Nile Facts
Mosquitoes spread this virus after they feed on infected birds and then bite people, other birds and animals. WNV is not spread by person-to-person contact and there is no evidence that people can get the virus by handling infected animals.
Surveillance for West Nile virus was initiated in Wyoming in 2001 and currently involves the reporting and testing of dead birds, and the testing of sick horses. Suspected human cases are also tested in the Wyoming Department of Health`s public health lab. People with mild infections may experience fever, headache, body aches, skin rash and swollen lymph glands. This is called West Nile fever. People with more severe infections may experience high fever, headache, neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, and paralysis. This is called West Nile encephalitis. If you have any of these symptoms, contact your health care provider. Please see your primary care physician for more details.