Zika virus transmission in WY
Similar to dengue and chickingunya, Zika virus is spread primarily through mosquito bites. Due to the complex mechanism of the virus spreading within a mosquito and considerable genetic variation between species of mosquitoes, not all mosquitoes are able to transmit all viruses. Luckily, due to geography, Wyoming does not currently support the two species of mosquitoes (Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus), that effectively transmit dengue, chikingunya, and now, Zika viruses. This means that local mosquito-borne transmission of any of these three viruses is highly unlikely. This does not mean that Wyoming residents travelling to any of the areas with Zika outbreaks (see CDC’s website for the most up-to date list) cannot contract the disease and bring it home and potentially spread it through other (non-mosquito) routes (such as pregnancy, transfusion, or sexual contact) that researchers are still determining.
West Nile virus in WY
Disease transmission by mosquitoes requires several components: the disease agent (West Nile Virus, for instance) a competent reservoir (American Robin) and a competent vector (Culex tarsalis). (More information to come.)
WMMA community loses seminal member
Former UW professor, Dr. Jack Lloyd, passed away at his home in Oregon on March 25, 2017. He will be missed. More here.
2017 Spring UW/WMMA Mosquito Control Workshop
EIMG grant application period now open
WMMA Constitution now on website
Thanks to the perseverence of WMMA president Bartlett, the WMMA Constitution is now available for your review on our About page.