Mosquitoes carrying the West Nile virus were found in a suburb of Washington, DC, the first discovery of mosquitoes with the virus in Maryland in this Yesterday, officials said Tuesday
Maryland's Department of Agriculture said it had confirmed the presence of the virus in mosquitoes that were being collected in the Riverdale park area of Prince Georges County. The confirmation came Monday; The insects were collected on July 11, the department said. The area should be sprayed.
The announcement came one day after the State Department of Health announced the first confirmed, locally-acquired case of the virus in Maryland this year.
According to the Ministry of Health, the infected person is an adult and a resident of the Baltimore metropolitan area.
Health officials say most people infected by the virus show no symptoms. Those who get sick may have a combination of fever, headache, body aches, rash, and swollen lymph glands, experts say.
Officials said less than one percent of individuals exposed to the virus will develop more severe infections. 19659012] The number of cases of West Nile virus in Maryland has changed, state health officials said. They said the main years are 73 in 2003 and 47 in 2012. Three years ago, it was 46.