BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota has its first West Nile virus-related death of the year.

The Health Department says the victim was a central North Dakota woman older than 60. She had underlying medical conditions and died while hospitalized. Officials didn’t release her name.

West Nile virus is transmitted by mosquitoes. Symptoms include fever, headache, body aches and rash. Many people infected with the virus experience mild or no symptoms.

There have been 29 confirmed human West Nile virus cases in the state this year. Last year, North Dakota had 85 cases and two deaths.

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