- Associated Press - Thursday, August 20, 2015

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The North Dakota Department of Health says there have been no new confirmed human cases of West Nile virus during the first week of August.

So far in 2015, the state has had two cases in Burleigh County, one in McLean County and one in Bottineau County. One person was hospitalized and there have been no deaths.

In 2014, the Department of Health received reports that 23 people tested positive for West Nile with eight hospitalizations and one death.

Symptoms of West Nile include fever, headache, body aches and rash.

Health officials say it’s important for people to protect themselves from mosquitoes, which spread the virus. People can reduce their risk by using insect repellant, limiting their time outdoors between dusk and dawn and getting rid of standing water.

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