Protecting Yourself Against the West Nile Virus this Summer

North Dakota Department of Health information shows  62 people had been diagnosed with West Nile Virus last year

FARGO, N.D. — The West Nile Virus has infected a person in Bismarck making them the first human case this year in North Dakota. In Grand Forks, there’s also been a pool of mosquitoes has tested positive for the virus. There have been no mosquitoes found yet with the West Nile Virus in Fargo–Moorhead. But employees at Cass County Vector Control…

First Human Case Of West Nile Identified In North Dakota

It's the first-reported case of the virus this year, which is spread by mosquitoes.

BISMARCK – Health officials in North Dakota have confirmed at least one person has contracted the mosquito-related West Nile virus. It’s the first-reported case of the virus this year, which is spread by mosquitoes. North Dakota Department of Health tests also show a pool of mosquitoes tested positive for the virus in Grand Forks. Severe cases can be fatal and…

Influenza Cases are on the Rise in North Dakota

The North Dakota Department of Health says there are about 2,520 cases reported so far this season

FARGO, N.D. — We’re in the middle of the flu season and this year, we’re seeing an even larger number of people infected with the virus in the state of North Dakota. “Right now, influenza is widespread across North Dakota,” said Jill Baber, the Influenza Surveillance Coordintor at the North Dakota Department of Health. “We have had about 2,520 cases reported…

Fargo, Grand Forks Named Two of Eight Regions for Medical Marijuana in North Dakota

medical marijuana will be available starting next year

  REGIONAL — Fargo and Grand Forks have been officially named as two of eight regions for medical marijuana dispensaries in the state. The North Dakota Department of Health established the regions to center around the biggest cities in the state, also including Jamestown, Minot, Bismarck and Devils Lake. Department officials say this was done to ensure the majority of…

ND Dept. of Health Provides More Than 1,200 Homes with Radon Testing Kits

radon is an odorless, colorless gas

FARGO, N.D. — Fargo Cass Public Health teamed up with the North Dakota Department of Health Division of Air Quality to hand out free residential radon testing kits. Ever since a Casselton woman died last week from high levels of radon, the Department of Health has been receiving many requests for the kits. Radon is a chemical that comes out of…

First West Nile Virus Death Reported In North Dakota

The individual was a woman who resided in central North Dakota and was older than 60 years of age. She had underlying medical conditions and died while hospitalized.

Bismarck, ND –North Dakota has its first West Nile virus-related death of the year. The Health Department says the victim was a central North Dakota woman older than 60. She had underlying medical conditions and died while hospitalized. Officials didn’t release her name. West Nile virus is transmitted by mosquitoes. Symptoms include fever, headache, body aches and rash. Many people…

First Human Cases of West Nile Confirmed In North Dakota

The two cases reside in LaMoure and Barnes Counties and were not hospitalized for their illnesses.

BISMARCK, N.D. – The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) has confirmed the first human cases of West Nile virus (WNV) disease for the season. Additionally, three birds from Grand Forks County have tested positive for WNV. To help avoid contracting the virus, state and local health officials urge people to protect themselves from mosquito bites. The two cases reside…

Diesel Fuel Spill in Devils Lake Contained

The lake is not a source of drinking water to any nearby communities

  DEVILS LAKE, ND — The North Dakota Health Department is monitoring the cleanup after diesel fuel spilled into Devils Lake. The spill happened at the Army National Guard’s Camp Grafton facility when a diesel fuel dispenser malfunctioned. About 1,300 gallons of fuel was contained, but about 500 gallons made its way through the storm sewer system into the lake….

ND Department of Health Holding HIV Education Forums

Health officials recommend every person be tested for HIV at least once in their lifetime, regardless of risk factors

  NORTH DAKOTA — The North Dakota Department of Health is teaming up with Family HealthCare to help communities across the state understand more about HIV. Organizers of the public forums say they want the public to be educated on the most current information on HIV transmission and treatment, as well as understanding the ways you can prevent and stop…