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Cold weather welcomed in North Dakota’s West Nile fight

WILLISTON, N.D. -- Colder weather has drop-kicked the West Nile virus mosquito population, according to area trap counts, but the few pests that remain continue to test positive for the disease.

West Nile causes few to no symptoms for most people, but can lead to serious complications and even death for some. Some of the symptoms include fever, headache, body aches and rash. Some of the more serious symptoms include stiff neck, confusion, paralysis and coma.

Statewide, the Health Department is reporting 74 cases of human West Nile virus infection, 24 of which resulted in hospitalization. Two of of the human cases of infection were in Williams County and one was in McKenzie.

This year’s overall infection rate is higher than last year’s 62 cases, 35 percent of which resulted in hospitalizations and two deaths.

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