West Nile Virus Cases Confirmed


The first human cases of West Nile virus in North Dakota this year have been confirmed by the North Dakota Department of Health.
The two infected individuals reside in LaMoure and Barnes Counties and were not hospitalized. Three birds have also tested positive for West Nile virus in Grand Forks County.

While the mosquito count is lower this year, officials still recommend residents take all precautions, such as insect repellent with DEET, protective  clothing, limit outdoor activities between dusk and dawn, eliminate stagnant water and keep the grass trimmed in order to avoid mosquito bites.

While some individuals may not experience symptoms at all, common symptoms include fever, headache, body aches and rash.

Invididuals with a more severe form of the virus may experience symptoms such as stiff neck, confusion, paralysis, coma and even death.

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