West Nile Virus

West Nile Virus season is upon us

Jun 8, 2018
Dave Thompson / Prairie Public

With summer comes mosquitoes – and that could mean West Nile Virus.

That mosquito-borne disease has been reported in North Dakota since 2002. The state Health Department says while most people will either have no symptoms, or a mild case of the disease, there are some who will develop West Nile neuro-invasive disease, which can cause high fever, severe headache, stiff neck, altered mental status – and death.

The first cases of West Nile Virus for 2017 have been reported to the North Dakota Department of Health.

Michelle Feist is West Nile Virus Program Manager. She says since this time of year is when cases start showing up, it was only a matter of time.

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10 West Nile cases reported in ND

Sep 4, 2015

North Dakota is reporting 10 human cases of West Nile Virus so far this season.

That’s up by two from last week.

The Health Department’s Michelle Feist says the latest cases were reported in Burleigh and Dickey Counties. She says so far this has been a low year for West Nile. And Feist says this isn’t a time to let your guard down – because even though there are fewer mosquitoes, they’re still out there.

More West Nile Cases in North Dakota

Aug 21, 2012

The number of reported West Nile cases in North Dakota is up compared to last year.

Alicia Lepp is an epidemiologist for the North Dakota Department of Health. She said there are 17 cases in the state so far. Last year there were four cases.

"Mid-August tends to be the peak of West Nile Virus activity. Generally the mosquito that transmits West Nile Virus, the Culex Mosquito, hits its peak numbers in late July to early August," Lepp said. "We'll generally see the peak of cases after we see those mosquito peaks."