GRAND FORKS — The Grand Forks Health Department has received word that an individual from Grand Forks County has been identified as having West Nile virus. The Health Department continues to urge citizens to take extra precautions to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes. Most human cases of the virus occur during August and September, according to a news statement released Wednesday, Aug. 14.

The mosquito most common for transmitting West Nile virus is the Culex tarsalis. This mosquito is most active just before sundown and throughout the night into the early morning hours. To help reduce the risk of getting West Nile virus, the Health Department recommends the following protective measures:

  • Use insect repellent that contains DEET.
  • Limit outdoor activities between dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.
  • Wear long pants and long-sleeved shirts when possible.
  • Eliminate standing water, including in buckets, flowerpots, old tires, wading pools and birdbaths.
  • Keep the grass trimmed.

Grand Forks Mosquito Control operates as if the virus is always present and therefore will not be making any major changes to the daily operations of mosquito control.