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Ben Prather performs a diagnostic test on mosquitoes for West Nile disease at Cass County Vector Control on Wednesday in West Fargo. Dave Wallis / The Forum

West Nile outbreak worst in a decade

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Meredith Mitskog is no longer fighting for her life, though she has some work ahead to get back to good health.

The 71-year-old Wahpeton woman was hospitalized at Sanford Health in Fargo two weeks ago after being stricken by West Nile virus.

Severe headaches, fatigue and nausea gave way to encephalitis, and she went into a coma that lasted until late last week, her husband said Tuesday. For a while, her life hung in the balance, he said.

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