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Maryland health officials confirm first case of West Nile Virus this year



Health officials confirm first case of West Nile Virus in Maryland this year


The Maryland Department of Health confirmed on Tuesday the first case of West Nile Virus in Maryland this year. Health officials said the infected individual is an adult living in the National Capital Region of Maryland. MDH said they routinely track and respond to mosquito-borne infections. Officials said there are no other locally acquired arboviral infections that have been identified this year. Officials said the number of human West Nile virus cases in Maryland varied greatly from year to year: In 2003, there were 73 cases. In 2012, there were 47 cases.In 2015, 46 cases.In 2018, 45 cases.Residents were urged to monitor their own yards and gardens for standing water that could serve as a breeding ground for mosquitoes. Small amounts of water in a discarded can or container will support amounts of mosquitoes. To eliminate mosquito-breeding areas: Clear rain gutters to allow water to flow freely. Empty or screen corrugated drain pipes. Remove old tires or drill drainage holes in tires used as playground equipment. Turn over wading pools, wheelbarrows, wagons and carts when not in use. Flush water from the bottom of plant holders twice a week. Replace water in birdbaths at least twice a week. Turn garbage can lids upside down and make sure trash receptacles are empty of water. Fix dripping faucets. Aerate ornamental pools and water gardens or stock with fish and use a circulating filter system. For more information on West Nile Virus, click here.

The Maryland Department of Health confirmed on Tuesday the first case of West Nile Virus in Maryland this year.

Health officials said an infected individual is an adult living in the National Capital Region of Maryland.

MDH said they routinely track and respond to mosquito-borne infections. Officials said there are no other locally acquired arboviral infections that have been identified this year.

Officials said the number of human West Nile Virus cases in Maryland varied greatly from year to year:

  • In 2003, there were 73 cases.
  • In 2012, there were 47 cases.
  • In 2015, 46 cases.
  • In 2018, 45 cases.

Residents are urged to monitor their own yards and gardens for standing water that can serve as a breeding ground for mosquitoes. Small amounts of water in a discarded can or container will support amounts of mosquitoes. To eliminate mosquito-breeding areas:

  • Clean rain gutters to allow water to flow freely.
  • Empty or screen corrugated drain pipes.
  • Remove old tires or drill drainage holes in tires used as playground equipment.
  • Turn over wading pools, wheelbarrows, wagons and carts when not in use.
  • Flush water from bottom of plant holders twice a week.
  • Replace water in birdbaths at least twice a week.
  • Turn garbage can lids upside down and make sure trash receptacles are empty of water.
  • Fix dripping faucets.
  • Aerate ornamental pools and water gardens or stock. with fish and use a circulating filter system.

For more information on West Nile Virus, click here.


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