ND has first West Nile virus human case of year

Associated Press

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota has its first confirmed human case of West Nile virus this year.

The state Health Department says the Dickey County man in his 50s needed hospital care. Agency program manager Michelle Feist (fyst) says it's a reminder how serious the mosquito-borne illness can be, especially for older people and those with weakened immune systems.

Last year, the state had four human cases of West Nile.

The virus was first confirmed in North Dakota in 2002. The highest human case total in the state was 617 in 2003.