North Dakota records first West Nile death of 2014

September 10, 2014 1:32 AM

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While the Health Department’s policy is to identify the region of the state where the death occurred, it’s not doing so in this case because the low number of West Nile cases this year would make it easier to identify where the woman was from and the department wants to protect her family’s privacy, said Alicia Lepp, West Nile virus surveillance coordinator.

The department has confirmed 12 human cases of West Nile virus this year, including the woman who died: three cases in Morton County, two each in Burleigh and Richland counties and one each in Barnes, Emmons, Hettinger, Logan and Mountrail counties. Four of the cases resulted in hospitalization.

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