Season's first human West Nile cases in ND confirmed

Season's first human West Nile cases in ND confirmed Click to Enlarge

This season’s first human cases of West Nile Virus in North Dakota have been confirmed by the state department of health.

The cases are in Lamoure and Barnes counties, but the illness did not hospitalize the individuals.

Late last month, three birds in Grand Forks County tested positive for West Nile.

Todd Hanson of Grand Forks Public Health says it’s likely a matter of time before the virus affects someone locally.

Hanson of Grand Forks Public Health says we’ll probably see peak numbers at the local level when we reach mid-August.

Hanson says people over 60 should take extra precautions, because they are more susceptible to the more severe form of the disease.

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