West Nile Virus detected in Elmore County

The best way to steer clear of the West Nile virus is to avoid mosquito bites Pierre Pilon says.							Postmedia News

Elmore is the third county in the Gem State that had mosquitoes test positive for the disease.

A department spokesman said it's the second straight year where the first case is earlier than usual.

DUSK - Stay indoors from dusk until dawn.

· Wear protective clothing outdoors such as long-sleeved shirts, long trousers and socks.

The North Dakota Department of Health says people infected with West Nile virus experience no symptoms.

DEET - Use insect repellent containing DEET or other EPA-approved active ingredients.

The health department is encouraging everyone to remove any standing water from their home of property, as that is where mosquitoes most like to breed.

The state Health Department said Monday the virus was detected in a Turner County resident between the age of 30 and 39.

Health officials say the individual lives in McHenry County and was not hospitalized. Some people will develop a more severe type of the illness affecting the nervous system, together with inflammation in the brain and spinal cord, muscle paralysis and even death. Those who develop symptoms will commonly report fever, headache, body/joint aches or rash.

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