BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — State health officials say the first human cases of the West Nile virus for the season have turned up in North Dakota.

The two people who contracted the virus are in LaMoure and Barnes counties. The two are not hospitalized.

The Bismarck Tribune ( ) says health officials are urging people to protect themselves from mosquitoes and get rid of any stagnant water around their homes. Symptoms of West Nile include fever, headache, body aches and rash.

The health department also says three birds have tested positive for the mosquito-borne virus in Grand Forks County.


Information from: Bismarck Tribune,