North Dakota officials confirm human case of West Nile virus


Health officials confirmed that he had contracted West Nile virus, which is spread by mosquitoes that have fed on an infected bird, on Tuesday. That comes one day after the Indiana State Department of Health reported mosquitoes in Elkhart and Clark counties tested positive for West Nile virus. The person was not hospitalized.

Although two human cases of West Nile were reported in Marion County in 2018, none have been reported thus far in 2019. He said there is a risk of contracting the virus anytime mosquitoes are active, so it is important to protect yourself from mosquito bites.

· Use insect repellent registered with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that contain ingredients such as DEET, picaridin, IR3535, oil of lemon eucalyptus, PMD, and permethrin (clothing only).

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DRESS - Wear long sleeves and long trousers when outside during these times.

· Maintain a well-trimmed yard and landscape around your home.

Most people infected with West Nile virus experience no symptoms. Some people will develop a more severe type of the illness affecting the nervous system, together with inflammation in the brain and spinal cord, muscle paralysis and even death.