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Published September 18, 2013, 01:55 PM

North Dakota Sees Steep Rise in West Nile Virus Cases

Human West Nile virus cases in North Dakota have increased 105 percent in the last two weeks, though none of the increases were in the Grand Forks region, according to the state Department of Health.

By: Herald Staff Reports, Grand Forks Herald

Human West Nile virus cases in North Dakota have increased 105 percent in the last two weeks, though none of the increases were in the Grand Forks region, according to the state Department of Health.

With fall activities such football and hunting starting, the department warned residents that the virus continues to pose a threat until the first hard freeze occurs.

Minnesota has not seen such a steep rise in reported human cases, with only a 36 percent increase since Sept. 3, according to that state’s Department of Health.

As of Wednesday, North Dakota reported 76 human cases of West Nile virus, 37 more than on Sept. 3. There have also been nine blood donors, one horse, six birds and 20 mosquito pools that have tested positive for West Nile virus. None of the blood donors showed symptoms.

Most of the new human cases are spread throughout the state though Burleigh, Cass and Richland counties did have the most positive with seven, 13 and 9 respectively.

Grand Forks County had three human West Nile virus cases before the increase and has not reported any new cases, although 10 mosquito pools have tested positive for the virus. However, Ramsey County, the other county in the region with West Nile virus cases, reported no cases as of Aug. 31 and now has two.

Minnesota reported 49 human cases and 13 infected blood donors who had no symptoms.

In the northwest region, Polk County reported four cases, Marshall County one and Roseau County one. The Roseau case is the only new one since Sept. 3.

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