Rare African Decease Detected in Montana
HELENA – July 26, 2018
West Nile Virus has been detected in several counties of Montana; in Lewis and Clark and Cascade in particular. The virus has been found in mosquitoes, local media reports.
“We have an unusually high number of mosquitoes this year due to all the flooding and moisture,” Laurel Riek, environmental health specialist with Lewis and Clark Public Health, said in a statement. “Mosquito counts in the traps are around 4,000 this year, compared to about 100 last year.”
It’s well-known, about 1 in 150 people who are infected with West Nile develops a severe illness affecting the central nervous system, such as encephalitis (inflammation of the brain) or meningitis (inflammation of the membranes that surround the brain and spinal cord).
Symptoms of severe illness include high fever, headache, stiff neck, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness, vision loss, numbness, and paralysis.