First case of West Nile virus reported in North Dakota
BISMARCK, N.D. – The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) has confirmed the first human case of West Nile virus (WNV) disease this season. The individual resides in Richland county and was not hospitalized.
“This is the time of year when WNV activity increases, so it is important to protect yourself and your family from mosquito bites” says Amanda Bakken, WNV surveillance coordinator for NDDoH. “Warmer temperatures contribute to increased risk of being bitten by an infected mosquito.”
NDDoH recommends residents take these precautions to avoid mosquito bites, especially leading into the holiday weekend:
Most people infected with West Nile virus experience no symptoms. Those who develop symptoms will commonly report fever, headache, body/joint aches or rash. People who develop severe illness may experience stiff neck, altered mental status, paralysis, coma and possibly death. People over 60, or those who have underlying health issues are at greater risk for developing West Nile neuroinvasive disease.
For more information about West Nile virus and mosquito bite prevention, visit firstname.lastname@example.org, (701) 328-2385 or (800) 472-2180.
For more information, contact:
Amanda Bakken, Disease Control and Forensic Pathology Section
600 E Boulevard Ave. | Bismarck, ND 58505
Phone: (701)328-2378 | Fax: (701)328-2499 | Email: email@example.com