Mosquitoes Test Positive for WNV in Eight Montana Counties

Officials report the state’s first mosquitoes with WNV this season, as well as an infected pelican.
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The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS), in collaboration with Carroll College and Montana State University, has confirmed this season’s first signs of West Nile virus (WNV) in eight of the state’s counties.

In addition, an American White Pelican near the Medicine Lake National Wildlife Refuge in Sheridan County tested positive.

Although no case of human infection has been reported in Montana, 174 cases of WNV have been reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from other states. The highest rates reported this year have been in North and South Dakota.

"Montana has been fortunate in recent years with relatively few cases of WNV reported," said DPHHS Director Richard Opper. "However, recent activity in neighboring states is a concern. We want to remind everyone that WNV is preventable and taking simple precautions can make a big difference

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