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Maryland Reports First West Nile Virus Case

September 11, 2019

The first case of the West Nile Virus has been confirmed in Maryland, prompting the state’s department of health to urge the public to avoid areas of high mosquito activity. 

The unidentified, infected person is an adult who resides in Maryland’s national capital region. The Maryland Department of Health said other locally-acquired infections from bugs haven’t been identified this year. 

To protect yourself against the virus, MDH said to wear long pants and long-sleeved shirts when outside and to use an EPA-registered insect repellent. 

The agency also recommends monitoring backyards and gardens for mosquito breeding grounds. 

While most people infected with the virus don’t have symptoms, extreme cases can result in fever, headaches, body aches, a skin rash, vomiting or diarrhea. 

Fewer than 1 percent of people exposed to the virus will develop severe infections, the MDH said.

Adults over 60 are at greater risk of developing severe disease. 

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