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West Nile virus detected in mosquito sample in Grand Forks

GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- The West Nile virus was detected in a pool of mosquitoes collected Tuesday in Grand Forks.

The city of Grand Forks announced the discovery in a news release Wednesday, and urged residents to take extra precautions to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes.

Those precautions include using insect repellent that contains DEET, limiting outdoor activities between dusk and dawn, wearing long pants and long-sleeved shirts when possible and eliminating standing water around homes.

The mosquito that most commonly transmits the West Nile virus is most active just before sundown and throughout the night, according to the press release.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, most people infected with West Nile will have no symptoms. About 1 in 5 people who are infected will develop a fever with other symptoms. Fewer than 1 percent of infected people develop a serious, sometimes fatal, neurologic illness.