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Published July 28, 2011, 03:53 PM

Mosquito Spraying Scheduled Tonight in Grand Forks, East Grand Forks

City-wide mosquito spraying is scheduled for tonight in Grand Forks and East Grand Forks starting at 8 p.m. and wrapping up at about midnight.

By: WDAZ Staff Report,

City-wide mosquito spraying is scheduled for tonight in Grand Forks and East Grand Forks starting at 8 p.m. and wrapping up at about midnight.

Yesterday, the North Dakota Department of Health announced the state's first human case of West Nile virus. This is the time of year that the virus' transmission peaks.

According to city of Grand Forks information office, an increase in the number of Culex tarsalis mosquitoes, which carry West Nile, has been seen.

You should take precautions to avoid mosquito bites. Most people infected with the virus don't develop symptoms right away. Sometimes mild illness results one to two weeks after exposure, with symptoms like fever, headache, body aches, skin rash or swollen lymph nodes.

The virus can be deadly and people over 50 are most at risk.

The mosquito control trucks will drive with a yellow flashing light through the cities at about 10 mph. Smaller, electric sprayers will also be used.

You shouldn't run, walk or bike directly through the aerosol cloud. If you're sensitive to chemicals, you may want to head inside and close your windows for about 20 minutes.

Aerial spraying is also scheduled in Minto, ND, starting at 7 p.m.

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