WPR News
7:12 am
Mon July 7, 2008

Mosquito Season Means West Nile Virus Can't Be Far Behind

Laramie, WY – Wyoming has not had any cases of West Nile virus yet this year, but the Department of Health says this is the time that the disease may start showing up.

Spokeswoman Kim Deti says it's hard to say if this year's wet spring will lead to more West Nile infections, because the disease is still so new.

"We do know that weather and the presence of water can be factors," she said.

"It's important to remember that West Nile Virus is a mosquito-borne disease. You only catch it from mosquitoes, you're not going to catch it from animals or other people," Deti added.

Deti says now is the time to use a bug repellant like deet and wear long sleeves and pants when you're in an area with a lot of mosquitoes.

Deti also says to avoid going out at dawn and dusk because that's when mosquitoes are most active.