Posted: Aug 9, 2012 7:41 AM by Callie Eike - Q2 News
Updated: Aug 9, 2012 7:41 AM
BILLINGS - Montana's first case of West Nile Virus in 2012 was diagnosed in a human from Custer County.
Two weeks ago the virus was found in mosquito samples.
Health officials at the Lewis & Clark City County Health Department caution people about the virus and how to minimize mosquito bites. In order to prevent the virus they suggest using repellants, inspecting your environment before spending time outside, and wearing long sleeves and pants.
With the numbers already being 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," said Karl Milhon, the Communicable Disease Epidemiology Section Supervisor. "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."
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.