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North Dakota records first West Nile death of 2014

September 9, 2014 in Uncategorized

BISMARCK – A woman over the age of 60 who died last week was North Dakota’s first West Nile virus-related death of 2014, the state Department of Health announced Tuesday.

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N.D. sees spike in West Nile cases

September 18, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

GRAND FORKS Human West Nile virus cases in North Dakota have increased 105 percent in the last two weeks, according to the state Department of Health. Continue Reading

1st human case of West Nile virus reported in ND

July 24, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

BISMARCK State health officials have confirmed the first human case of West Nile in North Dakota. Continue Reading

The bugs shall die: Vector Control officers work to control mosquito population

June 14, 2013 in The Jamestown Sun

Recent wet weather has provided an ideal environment for what many people consider the peskiest part of summer mosquitoes. Continue Reading

Horses also susceptible to West Nile virus

June 13, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

As if there wasn’t enough for horse owners to worry about with the likes of mountain lions lurking in their animals’ midst, the season for the spread of West Nile virus is fast approaching. Continue Reading

Killer Bite: No West Nile virus in North Dakota yet this year, but it’s still early

June 12, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

There have been no cases of West Nile virus reported in North Dakota yet. But, experts say, it’s still early in what could become an unpredictable season, thanks to an abundance of standing water from recent rains that can serve as prime breeding grounds for the foremost carrier of the disease mosquitoes. Continue Reading

Wet spring will bring mosquito bites

June 1, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

GRAND FORKS As the uncommonly long winter draws to a close, people soon will replace layers of warm clothes with layers of mosquito repellent. Todd Hanson, Grand Forks Mosquito Control supervisor, says the recent heavy rains were likely to make this mosquito season more buggy than normal. Continue Reading

Seasonal West Nile Virus claims life of ND farmer

May 30, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

JAMESTOWN Since West Nile virus claimed the life of farmer-rancher Kim Rath in February, his family has been spreading the word about the deadly mosquito-borne disease, which sickened 89 North Dakotans in 2012 alone. Continue Reading

2 contract West Nile virus in Grand Forks County

August 27, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

The first two human cases of West Nile virus this year in Grand Forks County have been confirmed by the North Dakota Department of Health. Continue Reading

N.D. has third-highest rate of West Nile virus in nation

May 2, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

The good news: A new study shows we are much less likely to get the most severe form of West Nile virus than previously thought. The not-so-good news: More of us have been infected with the West Nile virus than we probably realize. A study by a Sanford Health doctor shows that North Dakota has the third-highest rate of West Nile virus infection in the nation, with 7.5 percent of North Dakotans infected. Continue Reading