BISMARCK (AP) - A second North Dakotan has died this year from the West Nile virus.
The person was a man who was older than 60 who lived in the southeast part of the state and was in the hospital with underlying medical conditions, the state Department of Health said.
"This death is an unfortunate reminder that West Nile virus can be a very severe disease, especially for those older than 60 years of age," said Alicia Lepp, epidemiologist with the North Dakota Department of Health. "Until there is a hard frost to get rid of the remaining mosquito population, people should continue to take steps to prevent mosquito bites. Although the risk for infection is small, it is still there."
So far, 101 human West Nile virus cases have been reported in 28 counties this year.
The other death was a woman older than 60 years old who also lived in southeast North Dakota.