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Published October 16, 2013, 07:47 PM

Cold temperatures help reduce the risk of West Nile Virus

The cold temperatures helped provide another benefit, a reduced risk of West Nile Virus in the area. Todd Hanson with Grand Forks public health says the West Nile risk has been low since the end of September.

The cold temperatures helped provide another benefit, a reduced risk of West Nile Virus in the area. Todd Hanson with Grand Forks public health says the West Nile risk has been low since the end of September. He says Tuesday night's frost helped put the nail in the coffin for the West Nile season. Hanson says there might be a few nuisance mosquitoes left, but very few -- if any -- are of the culex species that is known to transmit West Nile.

Hanson says it was a severe year for West Nile in North Dakota. He says the one hundred and eleven human cases in the state made up nearly ten percent of the nationwide total.

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