Update on West Nile virus across North Dakota

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Cases of West Nile across the state are on the rise.
The Department of Health says 4 new cases were reported in the past week.
18 cases of West Nile have been reported across the state in people.
There have been cases in birds and a horse as well.

 

To reduce the risk of being bitten by mosquitoes, the state health department recommends the following protective measures:

  • Use insect repellent that contains DEET, picaridin, IR 3535, oil of lemon eucalyptus or      permethrin and apply to clothing when outdoors.  Always follow the directions on the      manufacturer’s label.
  • Limit outdoor activities between dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most likely to bite.
  • When possible, wear long pants and long-sleeved shirts while outside.
  • Eliminate stagnant water and leaf debris in containers around homes where mosquitoes             can lay their eggs (e.g., buckets, flowerpots, old tires, wading pools and birdbaths).
  • Keep mosquitoes from entering your home by repairing screens in windows and doors.
  • Keep the grass around your home trimmed.

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