WPR News
12:07 pm
Thu August 26, 2004

West Nile Won't Be Bad this Summer

Lararmie, Wy – An expert is saying the cool and wet weather this summer is the reason for the virtual disappearance of the West Nile Virus, but also says this does not mean the virus is gone for good.
Assistant professor of Veterinary Pathology Todd Cornish says the number of human cases of West Nile is down this year in Wyoming. And he says he doesn't believe a big boom is imminent this summer, though he says a small spike in cases is possible if temperatures and mosquito numbers increase. But, Cornish says no matter what it won't be anything like last year.
However, he says Wyoming could get hit hard again in future years.
This summer there have only been three human cases in the state while California and Arizona have had to deal with a combined 540 cases.