N.D. says Grand Forks County now has 2 human cases of West Nile virusThere are now two human cases of West Nile Virus in Grand Forks County, according to the state Department of Health Wednesday.
By: Herald Staff Report, Grand Forks Herald
There are now two human cases of West Nile Virus in Grand Forks County, according to the state Department of Health Wednesday.
This brings the state total to eight with one case each in Barnes, Cass, Grant and Stutsman counties and two in Richland County. On Tuesday, the state reported for the first time this year a human case in Grand Forks County.
West Nile virus can cause illness in about one in five people it infects. In 1 percent of those infected, it can affect the brain and cause death. The culex tarsalis mosquito is the primary transmitter. Grand Forks County has increased its spraying since the first West Nile virus case, a dead bird, appeared about three weeks ago.
The city of Grand Forks said it and the city of East Grand Forks will conduct another spraying 8:30 p.m. Thursday to midnight.
— Herald staff report