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Mosquitoes collected in Prince George’s County carry West Nile

27 July 2018

The woman, who is in her early 50s, became ill in early July, the release stated.

The announcement came one day after the state's department of health announced the first confirmed, locally acquired case of the virus in Maryland this year.

Kevin Sexton, the Director of the Jefferson County Mosquito Control said they test mosquitos weekly for West Nile virus.

The virus is spread through the bite of a mosquito that had been feeding on an infected bird.

Most people infected with the virus show no symptoms of illness but some develop symptoms such as high fever and nausea.

While fogging represents increased prevention efforts by the Health District, and helicopter abatement efforts are scheduled for later this summer, Ulibarri says there are steps you can take to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes that carry disease.

The index provides residents with a current snapshot of West Nile virus activity, ranging from zero to three, with zero being no activity and three announcing multiple human cases of the virus in DuPage County. The Will County Health Department Environmental Health Division operates 14 mosquito traps that have collected more than 190 samples this season. Fourteen counties are expected to have at least one human case during the week. The virus was first identified in the state in 2000.

Mosquitoes collected in Prince George’s County carry West Nile