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Family of 23-year-old North Dakota woman who died from West Nile virus speaks out


BISMARCK, North Dakota — The family of a North Dakota woman who died last month from West Nile virus has joined state health officials to raise awareness and try to prevent other deaths.

The state Department of Health says 23-year-old Dancia Jackson of St. Michael died Aug. 19 from a neurological infection due to West Nile. The department said Sept. 18 that there has been one death and 12 human cases of West Nile this year in the state.

Jackson's mother said at a Monday news conference that they don't know how long she had West Nile. She developed symptoms including headaches, high fevers, confusion and blackouts.

Michelle Feist, program manager with the state's Division of Disease Control, said at the news conference that officials want to "preach prevention" and keep mosquito bites from happening.

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