West Nile Virus is back in North Dakota, and for the second year in a row, seems to have arrived ahead of schedule.

KX News says the State Department of Health has confirmed the state's first case of West Nile this year in McHenry County.

“There is risk of contracting WNV anytime mosquitoes are active," says a spokesperson, "so it is important to protect yourself and your family from mosquito bites.”

The health department recommends the following steps:

Wear protective clothing outdoors such as long-sleeved shirts, long pants and socks.

Limit outdoor activities between dusk and dawn when mosquitoes that can carry the virus are most likely to bite.

Eliminate stagnant water in containers around homes where mosquitoes can lay their eggs.

Install or repair screens on windows and doors.

Maintain a well-trimmed yard and landscape.

Learn more about the potential symptoms and effects of West Nile. bear in mind that seniors over 60 are at higher risk.

For more information about West Nile Virus, click here.

[Sources: KXMB-TV; State Department of Health]