West Nile Virus discovered in Fargo

FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live) West Nile Virus infected mosquitoes are in Fargo.

Cass County Vector Control Director Ben Prather tells Valley News Live they discovered the virus in a sample they took in north Fargo Thursday night.

He says that's earlier than normal.

He says the West Nile carrying mosquitoes normally peak in August.
Prather says vector control will increase its monitoring and won't necessarily wait the normal two-to-three weeks for ground and aerial spraying.

Prather says you should take precautions to protect yourself against the mosquitoes, particularly when you're outside for protracted periods of time Cass county had the highest number of human cases of West Nile---in the state, last year.

The virus has also been reported in a bird found in Grand Forks.