North Dakota reporting increase of West Nile Virus cases and hospitalizations

(Bismarck, ND) -- North Dakota disease experts are seeing an increase in the number of West Nile Virus cases across the state. 

The North Dakota Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) says there are nine confirmed cases of West Nile Virus as of August 22nd, and additional cases are pending on test results. Eight of the confirmed cases have been hospitalized, with seven of those cases being neuroinvasive in nature. 

Additionally, three birds and 22 mosquito pools sampled have tested positive for West Nile Virus. 

“This is the time to be vigilant and safeguard against disease. Peak WNV activity historically has occurred in late August with cases continuing into mid-September,” said Amanda Bakken, a HHS epidemiologist. “People should be aware of the increase in mosquitoes spreading West Nile virus and take proper precautions to protect themselves from bites.” 

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