- Associated Press - Thursday, July 7, 2016

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) - Grand Forks is ramping up its mosquito fighting campaign.

Officials say in a statement that spraying is slated for Thursday night in the city and neighboring East Grand Forks, Minnesota.

Officials say they have identified mosquitoes and birds that tested positive for West Nile virus. The disease is transmitted by infected mosquitoes. Mosquitoes become infected when they feed on infected birds.

The state Health Department reported last week that North Dakota’s first confirmed human case of West Nile virus this year was reported in Grand Forks County.

The department last year counted 23 people who tested positive for the mosquito-borne virus. Of those, eight were hospitalized and one died.

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