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West Nile Virus Detected in Maryland Resident

The Maryland Department of Health (MDH) confirmed the first case of West Nile Virus (WNV) in Maryland this year. The infected individual is an adult living in the National Capital Region in Maryland.  MDH routinely tracks and responds to mosquito-borne infections; no other locally acquired arboviral infections have been identified this year. The number of human WNV cases in Maryland has varied greatly from year to year. In 2003, there were 73 cases. In 2012, there were 47 cases; in 2015, 46 cases; and in 2018, 45 cases. MDH wants to remind Marylanders there are simple steps to reduce the risk of getting infected. Protective measures include: Avoiding areas of high mosquito activity. Wearing long pants, long-sleeved shirts and hats when outdoors. Using an EPA-registered insect repellent according to package directions. Most individuals (4 out of 5) infected with WNV will not have any symptoms. People who do develop illness usually will have any combination of fever, headache, body aches, skin rash vomiting, or diarrhea. These symptoms generally appear 2 to 14 days following the bite of an infected mosquito. Fewer than 1 percent of people exposed to the virus will develop more severe infections, with symptoms such as headache, high […]

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