North Dakota reports first West Nile virus case of 2015
The female patient is approximately 40 years old. She lives in McLean County and has not received hospitalization for the virus.
In addition to this case, two mosquito pools found in Grand Forks County have shown positive results in a West Nile virus test.
To avoid further spreading the virus, both local and state health officials have encouraged people to do everything necessary to protect against mosquito bites.
The NDDoH has made recommendations for people to use insect repellents containing picaridin, DEET, IR3535, permethrin or oil of lemon eucalyptus (PMD). People should wear long-sleeved shirts and pants to deter mosquitoes from biting, and they should also limit their outdoor activities when it is dawn or dusk, which is when mosquitoes prefer to feet. The grass surrounding homes should be kept trimmed, and all stagnant water found in containers, wading pools, birdbaths, flowerpots, old tires and buckets should be dumped, so that mosquitoes will not lay their eggs in the water.
“The identification of West Nile virus in a person is a reminder of the importance of protecting ourselves from the bites of mosquitoes,” Laura Cronquist, epidemiologist with the NDDoH, said. “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.”