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Mosquitoes carrying West Nile found in Grand Forks

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Grand Forks, ND (WDAY TV) - Mosquitoes are synonymous with summer in the Midwest.

They have annoying bites that now could be carrying the West Nile virus in North Dakota.

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Multiple mosquitoes have been found carrying the virus in Grand Forks. The first human infected this summer, also discovered.

The sounds of laughter and fun fill the air. But unfortunately these kids aren't the only ones out in full force.

“They're awful. We just got eaten alive trying to walk through the park.”

“Treacherous. I have bites all over my legs for real. It's pretty bad.”

“If you kick them up, they're going to seek that blood meal.”

Mosquitoes making their presence felt this summer. But now more to be worried about than just that annoying bite. The West Nile Virus has been found in Grand Forks

“Couple weeks ago we had 5 pools of mosquitoes that were positive.”

“It's pretty scary actually.”

And just this week, the first human case of West Nile in North Dakota. A Richland County woman in her 50's contracting the disease.

“Along the red river valley area. We're in an area that has a higher percentage of the Culex Tarsalis and that's the mosquito that's most common for transmitting West Nile virus.”

“I don't really let my daughter go outside when the mosquitoes start getting bad.”

Health officials say that with the presence of the West Nile virus in our region, people should take a few simple safety precautions to help keep your home safe.

Todd Hanson\Grand Forks Public Health: “You can make your property undesirable for mosquitoes so they don't want to be there. Keep your grass cut short, trim your hedges, promote air flow through your back yard.”

Helpful tips, but officials say, if you're going to be outside then bug spray may be your best friend.

Hanson: “It's important to make sure they're applying mosquito repellant with deet and wearing the proper clothing.”

“I guess I'll pack the bug spray next time, cause they're pretty bad.”

Health officials say the Culex Tarsalis mosquito, the common carrier of the West Nile virus, is more of a nocturnal insect. 

Good news for us, it's population normally starts to decrease near the end of the month.

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