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More Mosquitos

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Mosquitos that carry the West Nile Virus are hatching in North Dakota.

Records from the state health department show it collected more than four times as many Culex Tarsalis mosquitos, the type that can carry the virus, last week than they did the week prior.

This news comes after reports of the first collection of mosquitos that tested positive for West Nile.

Those mosquitos were found near Grand Forks.

Nearly three percent of all the mosquitos captured by the health department have the ability to carry the virus.

(Michelle Feist / Epidemiologist) "There's about 30 some mosquitos that are in North Dakota and some bite humans. Some bite humans and birds. Some bite a multitude of different animals and some are very species specific. It's just that this type of mosquito bites on a variety of animals. It has taste for birds and humans and horses so it will bite multiple animals and that's why it can transmit it between these different species."

Feist says the Culex Tarsalis mosquitos make up about three percent of the total mosquito population right now.

She says by the end of the summer, that percentage could reach 30-percent.

The department of health takes weekly counts through August.

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