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Infectious Diseases

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For many, living in North Dakota means be exposed to the outdoors and many infectious diseases.

The H1N1 virus hospitalized 451 North Dakotans last year, and between 2013 and 2014, 6 deaths in the state were blamed on flu.

The big question now is, is flu season over?

(Dr. Casmiar Nwaigwe, Infectious Disease Specialist) "There is no reason to believe that it has extended. It peaked around January and February. You know the other thing, flu activity in communities tends to wax and wane."

So as flu season ends, the emphasis shifts towards mosquitos and the disease they can transmit: West Nile Virus. The Air Force Reserve will again be spraying several areas for mosquitoes this month, and many cities take other steps to control the bugs, but you still have to protect yourself.

(Dr. Casmiar Nwaigwe, Infectious Disease Specialist) "Wear long pants if you can, the alternative is to use insect repellent. Sometimes that doesn't even keep them away. So do all you can because the West Nile, transmitted by mosquitos, is a viral infection. There is no vaccine available.

Later, we'll hear more tips from Dr. Nwaigwe, on how to reduce your chances of contracting lyme disease.

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