Did you know Wyoming’s most dangerous animal is the mosquito?  Mosquitos are known to pass many diseases that affect Wyoming residents, in some instances causing death.

The most common disease transmitted to people is West Nile Virus.  West Nile symptoms include headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea or rash.  Less than 1% of people who are infected may develop swelling of the brain or surrounding tissues.  People over 60 years of age or whose immune systems are compromised are at the greatest risk for severe disease.  There currently is no vaccine available for West Nile Virus.

Another mosquito transmitted diseases is Western Equine Encephalitis.  Western Equine Encephalitis is a rare disease, which has similar symptoms of West Nile Virus, but more commonly may cause swelling of the brain or surrounding tissues

You can help prevent mosquito bites by doing the following:

  • Check for areas in your yard with standing water and empty or change the water weekly (bird baths, tires, buckets, etc). Mosquitoes can breed in as little as 1” of water!
  • Be sure the screens on your home do not have holes in them. If your screens have any holes, replace the window screens.
  • Wear mosquito spray with DEET, especially in the mornings and evenings
  • Wear light-colored, long sleeved shirts and pants, especially in the mornings and evenings
  • Check your septic tank for cracks or broken piping and repair it.
  • Use an insect spray to treat damp, dark places outside your home.

The Casper-Natrona County Health Department would like all Natrona County residents to stay healthy, happy and active throughout the summer months.