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West Nile found in Cheyenne

West Nile Found in Cheyenne. Roy Kroeger, Environmental Health Director of the CLCHD
West Nile Found in Cheyenne. Roy Kroeger, Environmental Health Director of the CLCHD(Valeria Fugate)
Published: Aug. 4, 2021 at 7:20 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - A C.D.C. light trap has captured a West Nile infected mosquito in the North Cheyenne Community Park area by Four-Mile and College.

If someone gets bitten by an infected mosquito, the flu-like symptoms infect 1 to 2 percent of the population and affect people over fifty with more severe symptoms, which could even lead to encephalitis or brain swelling in extreme cases.

Airplanes have been spraying early in the morning to get mosquito larvae and target creeks and drainages in Laramie county. Truck foggers target the airborne bugs.

“The city has been doing mosquito fogging and what they are actually trying to do is kill the adult mosquito. They do that off of a pick-up, so usually in the late evening after the dusk time frame,” said Roy Kroeger, the Environmental Health Director for the CLCHD

Experts recommend avoiding being out at dusk and dawn, covering up skin, using DEET repellent, and draining any standing water to protect yourself from mosquitos.

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