Aug 8, 2012 at 11:35 am
The North Dakota Health Department has confirmed its first human case of West Nile Virus for 2012. A male in his 50’s from Dickey County has hospitalized as a result of the mosquito-borne illness. In addition WNV has been detected in six people identified through blood donor screening and in three positive horse cases. Todd Hanson battles the bugs for the Grand Forks Health Department. Hanson says numbers may be low but the prime carrier -- the Culex Tarsalis mosquito -- is out there. Trap count numbers have been in the single digits throughout much of the summer. North Dakota has confirmed a human case every year since 2002. There were over 600 cases in 2003.