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Published August 28, 2012, 10:11 AM

Two diagnosed with West Nile Virus in Grand Forks County

Grand Forks, ND (WDAY TV) - Two people in Grand Forks County have tested positive for West Nile Virus, and the Grand Forks Public Health Department wants you to protect yourself, because most cases happen at this time of year.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Grand Forks, ND (WDAY TV) - Two people in Grand Forks County have tested positive for West Nile Virus, and the Grand Forks Public Health Department wants you to protect yourself, because most cases happen at this time of year.

As of last Wednesday there have been 19 cases of West Nile reported in North Dakota, about half men and half women, 8 of which were hospitalized. Most people infected by West Nile do not develop any symptoms, and it usually takes a while to diagnose the disease, because many of the symptoms that do show up mirror the flu.

Don Shields – Public Health Department Director: “Those mosquitos that we have right now are the bad kind so we want to be careful, I'd recommend people take some precautions especially if you're going to be out at dawn or dusk, maybe put a long-sleeved shirt on or long pants on if you’re out with the dog at dusk or dawn, use some DEET products and try to stay away from them.”

You should also get rid of standing water around your home and keep grass trimmed.

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