First West Nile human case reported in ND | Prairie Public Broadcasting

First West Nile human case reported in ND

Jun 18, 2018

North Dakota has its first human case of West Nile Virus this season.

It’s an earlier start to the season.

"Normally, we see West Nile coming out about July or so," said Jenny Gailbraith of the North Dakota Health Department. "It doesn't mean the season is going to be any worse or better. But it's a reminder for people to wear your mosquito repellant."

Galbraith said the person contracting the disease lives in Ramsey County. That person was not hospitalized.

"They just had more of the mild symptoms, like a fever or rash," Gailbraith said.

Galbraith said people should use insect repellants with DEET, wear protective clothing, limit outdoor activities between dusk and dawn, eliminate stagnant water around your homes and keep the grass trimmed.

The virus was recently reported in a pool of mosquitoes in Grand Forks County.