N.D. West Nile virus cases risingBISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota’s Health Department is reporting a small surge in the number of reported cases of the West Nile virus.
BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota’s Health Department is reporting a small surge in the number of reported cases of the West Nile virus.
The agency said 13 new human cases of the virus have been identified since the first one of the year was reported last week.
Five of the people who have been infected were put into the hospital.
Statewide, activity has been detected in 16 out of 53 counties in North Dakota: Barnes, Benson, Burleigh, Cass, Grand Forks, Grant, Dickey, LaMoure, McIntosh, Ramsey, Ransom, Richland, Sargent, Stark, Stutsman and Walsh.
The virus is carried by mosquitoes. The Health Department’s Michelle Feist said the West Nile virus has been relatively quiet for the last five years.
But she said the dry and hot conditions that have prevailed this summer are good for the type of mosquito that carries the illness.
Health officials said people who are outdoors between dusk and dawn should wear mosquito repellent and long-sleeved shirts and pants.