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West Nile Virus

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Montana health officials are reporting this season’s first human cases of West Nile Virus. Reported in Custer and Lewis and Clark counties, both occurred in people over the age of 60, who are typically at greater disease risk.

State epidemiologist Stacey Anderson says it’s a common time of year to see West Nile cases.


The West Nile virus, the leading mosquito-borne disease in the U.S., has just been detected for the first time this year in mosquitoes in three counties in south-central, central and northeast Montana. And public health officials are urging everyone to take precautions.

Lee Karney, U.S.F.W.S. (P.D.)

It’s summer in Montana. The sun is bright and the Missouri River has never looked more refreshing. As I hike along a well-worn trail, I see two gorgeous American White Pelicans soaring to an unknown destination. Their grace and beauty are breathtaking.

The Wyoming Department of Health Tuesday reported its first case of West Nile Virus this year involving an adult in the northeastern part of the state. State and local public health officials are reminding Montanans to take steps to avoid mosquito bites and prevent infection

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Jul 11, 2014
Tennessee Department of Health

State and local public health officials are warning Montanans to be aware of the increasing risk of infection with the mosquito-borne West Nile Virus.

Since the disease first made its appearance in Montana back in 2002, more than 90-percent of cases in humans were reported in August and September.

The Montana Department of Livestock has confirmed several new cases of West Nile virus in Montana horses over the past week.

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Officials with the Lewis & Clark City-County Health Department report West Nile Virus has been detected in eight Montana counties so far this Summer:

·        Blaine

·        Cascade

·        Hill

·        Lewis & Clark

·        Phillips

·        Prairie

·        Sheridan

·        Teton