Posted: Aug 8, 2012 5:55 PM by MTN News
Updated: Aug 9, 2012 7:54 AM
BILLINGS- Montana's first case of West Nile virus in 2012 has been diagnosed in a person from Custer County, in eastern Montana. Two weeks ago, scientists found the virus in mosquito samples.
Health officials at the Lewis and Clark City-County Health Department caution people about the virus and how to minimize mosquito bites.
To prevent the virus, use bug repellent, inspect your environment before spending time outside, and wear long sleeves and pants.
With the virus numbers already high across the nation, this year's Montana outbreak is expected to be a large one.
"There are concerns this year, by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, that we may be having a year with more cases than some other years. For example in 2011 I believe there were only 700 cases nationally, and we're already seeing numbers very early in the season nationally that are causing a concern," Karl Milhon, supervisor of the Communicable Disease Epidemiology Section, said.
If you have been bitten by a mosquito, the incubation period is usually between 3 to 15 days. If you experience symptoms such as fever, headache, tiredness, body aches, or a skin rash, consult your physician immediately.
For more information on the West Nile virus click here.