West Nile Virus Advisory Issued

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The Grand Forks Public Health Department this week issued a public advisory, concerning West Nile Virus, a flu like illness carried by mosquitoes and detected in the city’s mosquito count Tuesday.

Health Officials are advising protective repellent when it comes to all outdoor activity and avoiding the outdoors at dawn and dusk, when mosquitoes are most active.

According to the Centers for Disease Control; 62 cases of West Nile resulting in two deaths were reported last year in North Dakota, 23 cases and one death in Minnesota.

Officials say property owners should also check for standing water in the yard where mosquitoes could breed; that includes old tires, bird baths and wading pools.

The city of Thief River Falls is scheduled to begin their seasonal daily mosquito count next Monday.

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