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Md. Announces the first case of the West Nile virus this year



WASHINGTON – Maryland health authorities announced the first confirmed case of West Nile virus this year on Monday.

The Department of Health of Maryland said that the infected person is a grown-up living in the Baltimore area

Department of Agriculture will spray insecticides within a three-quarter-mile radius from where the person lives, the health ministry said in a press release on Monday. Routine spraying with insecticides will continue throughout the country.

Overall, the number of confirmed cases of West Nile virus in humans varies from year to year. Last year, according to the website of the Ministry of Health, there were only five cases. In 201

5 there were 46. The culmination came in 2003, when there were 73, said the Ministry of Health.

Symptoms of West Nile virus include fever, headache, body aches, rash and swollen lymph nodes and they usually appear two to 14 days after infection by an infected mosquito. However, most people have no symptoms, said the Department of Health

West Nile can be deadly, although it is rare. People over the age of 60 and people with weakened immune systems are at greatest risk of developing serious complications.

You can reduce the risk of West Nile infection by avoiding areas with many mosquitoes, long pants and long sleeves, and insect repellent. You should also take steps to reduce stagnant water surfaces by cleaning your gutters, removing old tires, turning paddling pools, and replacing the bird bath water at least twice a week.

The virus first appeared in a crow in Maryland in 1999. The first human case was reported on the Ministry of Health's website in 2001

The Department of Health monitored confirmed West Nile infections on its website


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