North Dakota has its first confirmed West Nile virus case of the year.

The state Health Department says a McLean County woman in her 40s has been affected. She has not been hospitalized.

In 2014, the Department of Health received reports that 23 people tested positive for West Nile. Of those 23, eight were hospitalized and one died.

The common symptoms of West Nile virus include fever, headache, body aches and rash.

Health officials say it's important for people to protect themselves from mosquitoes, which spread the virus.

People can reduce their risk by using insect repellant, limiting their time outdoors between dusk and dawn and getting rid of standing water where mosquitoes can breed.