HEALTH BEAT When worlds collide: human, critter and virus
Two of the more intriguing health stories this past summer didn't involve rogue sharks, swine flu or any of the other usual suspects. The stars of this particular show were the hantavirus and the West... Posted on 9/26/12 at 8:47 AM
BISMARCK, N.D. – The North Dakota Department of Health today announced the state’s second West Nile virus-related death in 2013. The individual was a man who resided in the southeastern region of North Dakota and was older than 60 years of age. He died while hospitalized and had underlying medical conditions.
There are eight confirmed cases of West Nile Virus in humans in North Dakota, that according to the State Health Department. Among those eight, two are reported in Grand Forks County, and officials with the state health department tell us they expect the numbers to continue to rise.
Connie Whittier gave little thought to the dead blackbirds that began littering her backyard and neighborhood. But she was given a painful reminder that dead birds can be a warning sign of the presence of West Nile virus, which can cause serious and even life-threatening infections in people.
State health officials say a Murray County man has Minnesota's first case of the West Nile virus this year. Experts say residents of western and central counties are at greatest risk because they typically have the greatest number of mosquitoes that carry the virus.
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