The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) announced Monday the state’s first West Nile virus-related death in 2018. The individual was a man, over 60 years old, who resided in the northwest region of North Dakota.
Most people infected with West Nile virus (WNV) experience no symptoms or have only mild symptoms, such as fever and headache. In more severe types of infection, the virus can cause high fever, severe headache, stiff neck, altered mental state, and death. People with these symptoms should see a health care provider immediately.