Second crow tests positive for West Nile Virus in Grand ForksThe West Nile Virus was found in another crow in Grand Forks, and two groups of mosquitoes tested positive for the virus. This follows Tuesday's report of a crow found with West Nile Virus.
The West Nile Virus was found in another crow in Grand Forks, and two groups of mosquitoes tested positive for the virus. This follows Tuesday's report of a crow found with West Nile Virus.
Although the virus has only been found in mosquitoes and birds so far, City Mosquito Control is warning people to take extra precaution. Mosquito control says it's obvious that west nile virus is throughout the Grand Forks community.
Officials have been testing mosquitoes and birds daily for the virus, and now there are two crows and at least four groups of mosquitoes that tested positive. Mosquito control says they won't consider this to be an epidemic until the virus is found in a person. They encourage the public to take precautions to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes and get insect repellent before it flies off the shelf.
Todd Hanson, Grand Forks Mosquito Control: "It's a preventable disease and the population of people that are 60 and over are more suseptible to the severe form of the disease so we really want to encourage them to apply repellents with deet."
Now officials say to avoid getting bitten people should wear insect repellent with deet, especially during the night when mosquitoes are most active, and also get rid of standing water near your home because those are mosquito breeding sites.