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Aug 29, 2012 at 12:44 pm

The North Dakota Health Department has confirmed 36 human cases of West Nile virus this summer season.  The latest report from the state health office says the cases are evenly split between males and females.   A total of 19 people have been hospitalized as a result of the mosquito-borne illness.

Two of the human cases were identified in Grand Forks County.   Todd Hanson of the city health office says they have more traps out than ever before and are testing Culex Tarsalis mosquitoes for signs of W-N-V.  Hanson says if West Nile starts showing up in the city traps the department will likely schedule a citywide spray.   North Dakota has recorded a human case of W-N-V every year since 2002.  The numbers peaked in 2003 at over 600.

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