BISMARCK – The North Dakota Department of Health has confirmed the first human case of West Nile virus in 2015 in North Dakota. Additionally, two mosquito pools from Grand Forks County have tested positive for West Nile virus.

The patient is a female in her 40s, who resides in McLean County in central North Dakota north of Bismarck along Lake Sakakawea. The patient was not hospitalized for her illness.

To help avoid contracting the virus, state and local health officials urge people to protect themselves from mosquito bites.

"The identification of West Nile virus in a person is a reminder of the importance of protecting ourselves from the bites of mosquitoes," said Laura Cronquist, epidemiologist with North Dakota Department of Health. "It is particularly important for people over the age of 50 and those with other medical conditions to prevent mosquito bites, as they are more at risk for severe complications from West Nile virus."


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