close
close

West Nile case confirmed in North Dakota – InForum

West Nile case confirmed in North Dakota – InForum

BISMARCK — North Dakota Health and Human Services confirmed the first human case of West Nile virus this season on Tuesday, July 9. According to a news release, the infected person lives in Morton County and was hospitalized. The agency stresses that the risk of infection exists when mosquitoes are active and urges residents to avoid mosquito bites.

The Department of Health recommends taking precautions when outdoors. Personal measures to limit exposure include using Environmental Protection Agency-approved insect repellents, wearing protective clothing and limiting outdoor activities when mosquitoes are active – especially at dawn and dusk.

The agency also recommends that residents avoid still water where mosquitoes lay their eggs. Common breeding sites include gutters, birdbaths, flowerpots, buckets and old tires. Other ways to avoid contact with mosquitoes include maintaining lawns and installing fly screens on windows and doors.

According to health and human services, most people infected with West Nile virus do not show symptoms. Those who do develop symptoms often report flu-like symptoms such as fever, headache, body aches or rash. Severe cases can result in stiff neck, altered mental status, paralysis, coma and possibly death. People over 60 and those with underlying medical conditions are at higher risk of developing West Nile disease.

Our newsroom occasionally reports under the name “Staff.” The “Staff” name is often used when rewriting basic news briefs from official sources, such as a city press release about a road closure that requires little or no reporting. Sometimes this name is used when a story has multiple authors or when the story consists of compiling previously reported news from various sources. When outside sources are used, this is noted in the story.