ND has first West Nile virus case of the year

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota has its first confirmed West Nile virus case of the year.

The state Health Department says the case is in a Richland County woman who is in her 50s. She was not hospitalized.

At this time last year, North Dakota had eight confirmed West Nile cases in people. There were 127 human cases in the state all of last year.

Epidemiologist Alicia Lepp says it's important for people to protect themselves from mosquitoes, which spread the virus. People can reduce their risk by using insect repellant, limiting time outdoors and getting rid of standing water where mosquitoes can breed.

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