A resident of southwestern North Dakota has died of the West Nile virus, the first in the state this year.
The North Dakota Department of Health made the announcement on Friday.
As of Thursday, the state’s health department recorded 19 cases of the virus, with ten hospitalizations in 13 counties.
Last year, the state reported seven cases of the virus with no deaths.
Usually, no symptoms or mild symptoms are shown by those infected. In severe infections, however, the virus can cause severe headaches, stiff neck, and an altered state of mental health.
Amanda Bakken, an epidemiologist at the department said that those of over the age 60 or with underlying illnesses are at most risk for contracting severe infection.
Transmission of the virus usually peaks in the late summer.
The state asks residents to be mindful, use mosquito repellant, and other necessary precautions.