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Published July 16, 2013, 04:22 PM

West Nile Virus, the risks and how to protect yourself

With the risk of West Nile, there are plenty of precautions people are taking to stay healthy this summer. People we talked to say they're making a few changes now that West Nile has shown up in Grand Forks.

By: Adam Ladwig, WDAZ

With the risk of West Nile, there are plenty of precautions people are taking to stay healthy this summer. People we talked to say they're making a few changes now that West Nile has shown up in Grand Forks.

The Lafountaine family says its hands are full caring for their baby girl, and a pit bull. They says now that a bird has tested for West Nile, they're working to keep mosquitoes at bay.

Common symptoms of West Nile include headaches, fevers, body aches, skin rash and swollen lymph nodes. Serious cases could result in inflammation of the brain. If you or a loved one start to experience symptoms similar to West Nile, seek medical attention.

The best ways to prevent West Nile are by using insect repellent, wearing long sleeves outdoors, getting rid of standing water and avoiding the outdoors between dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active. It's difficult to avoid mosquito bites completely, but that doesn't mean you're likely to get the disease.

Though the virus can become serious, officials say fewer than one percent of people infected with West Nile develop a serious infection.

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