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West Nile virus found in Grand Forks County

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GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ)--Officials in Greater Grand Forks have a warning for Grand Forks residents.

On Wednesday, a pool of mosquitoes tested positive for West Nile Virus.

As far as we know, the virus was contained to that pool, and has not been found in any animals or humans.

Mosquitoes carrying the virus are most active just before sundown and throughout the night into the early morning hours.

The Health Department recommends following these tips to reduce your risk of getting the virus:

  • Use insect repellent that contains DEET.

  • Limit outdoor activities between dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.

  • Wear long pants and long-sleeved shirts when possible.

  • Eliminate standing water around homes

Last year, 62 people tested positive for West Nile in North Dakota.

22 needed to be hospitalized, and two died.

If you want more information about the West Nile Virus, and the Grand Forks Mosquito Control Program, click here.