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First West Nile Death Reported This Season In North Dakota


The North Dakota State Health Department is announcing the first West Nile virus death in the state for 2013.

Michelle Feist with the North Dakota Health Department says a woman over the age of 60 living in southeast North Dakota died as a result of the virus.

The woman had no underlying health conditions.

Feist says this is an unfortunate reminder to take extra precautions when outdoors.

She recommends wearing mosquito repellant, eliminating standing water in your yard and avoid being outdoors between dusk and dawn.

"This time of year we tend to see the mosquito that transmits West Nile virus, it's in higher numbers. The past few weeks we've seen anywhere from 12 to 14 percent of the mosquitoes that are in our surveillance trap are that type of mosquito, the culex tarsalis , and so what that means is that there is risk of West Nile virus transmission and higher risk," Michelle Feist said.

Since 2002 15 West Nile deaths have been reported in North Dakota.


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