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West Nile detected in Grand Forks mosquito collection

The West Nile virus was detected in a pool of mosquitoes collected Tuesday in Grand Forks.

The city of Grand Forks announced the discovery in a news release Wednesday morning, and urged residents to take extra precautions to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes.

Those precautions include using insect repellent that contains DEET, limiting outdoor activities between dusk and dawn, wearing long pants and long-sleeved shirts when possible and eliminating standing water around homes.

The mosquito that most commonly transmits the West Nile virus is most active just before sundown and throughout the night, according to the press release.

The cities of Grand Forks and East Grand Forks have scheduled city-wide spraying for mosquitoes between 9 p.m. and 1 a.m. tonight.

"Residents may want to go inside just before their area is sprayed and stay inside for 20-30 minutes until the aerosol cloud dissipates," the press release states. "Residents should not run, walk or bike directly through the aerosol cloud behind the insecticide sprayer.

Also, anyone who is sensitive to chemicals may want to close their windows during the ground spraying."

John Hageman

John Hageman covers North Dakota politics from the Forum News Service bureau in Bismarck. He attended the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities, where he studied journalism and political science, and he previously worked at the Grand Forks Herald and Bemidji Pioneer.  

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