WDAY.com

WDAZ: Your Home Team

Published July 27, 2011, 03:20 PM

First Human Case of West Nile Reported in ND

The North Dakota Department of Health reported Wednesday the first case this year of West Nile virus in a human. The patient is a male aged 10-19 who lives in Towner County. He didn't require hospitalization.

By: WDAZ Staff Report, WDAZ

The North Dakota Department of Health reported Wednesday the first case this year of West Nile virus in a human.

The patient is a male aged 10-19 who lives in Towner County. He didn't require hospitalization.

"This is the time of year when peak West Nile virus transmission occurs. The number of Culex tarsalis mosquitoes, the mosquito that spreads West Nile virus, from state surveillance traps is increasing and this puts people at increased risk for virus infection," West Nile Virus Program Manager Michelle Feist said in a release issued Wednesday.

In 2010, there were nine reported human cases of the virus. West Nile was also identified in two horses, one dog and one reindeer.

"Areas affected by flooding and recent rainfall have increased the amount of standing water in the state," State Epidemiologist Tracy Miller said. "People participating in outdoor activities and those involved in flood clean-up and restoration projects should take precautions against mosquito bites because they likely will be in areas where mosquitoes are present."

To reduce the risk of being bitten:

-Use insect repellent that contains DEET, picaridin, IR 3535, oil of lemon eucalyptus or permethrin when outdoors.

-Limit outdoor activities between dusk and dawn.

-Wear long pants and long-sleeved shirts while outside.

-Eliminate stagnant water and leaf debris in containers around homes.

-Keep mosquitoes from entering your home by repairing screens in windows and doors.

-Keep the grass around your home trimmed.

Tags: