THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2016

First human West Nile virus case of 2015 confirmed in Maryland

First human West Nile virus case of 2015 confirmed in Maryland. | Courtesy of wikipedia.org
The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) recently announced that it has confirmed Maryland’s first human West Nile virus case for the year 2015.

Health professionals have stated that this is the first locally acquired case of the illness. Mosquito pools in Prince George and Anne Arundel counties show that the insects had West Nile virus.

The infected adult resides in the Baltimore Metropolitan area.

Many people who have West Nile virus do not show symptoms of the illness. If they do have symptoms, these will include headaches, fevers, skin rash, body aches, and swollen lymph glands. People notice the symptoms within two and 14 days after the infected bite.

The general public is encouraged to take all of the necessary steps to prevent contracting the illness. The best ways are to avoid areas with high rates of mosquito activity and wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants and hats. People should also avoid outdoor activities around the times of dusk and dawn, as that is when mosquitoes are most active. It is also important to use an insect repellent that is registered with the EPA.

“A case of WNV is expected around this time of year," Dr. Howard Haft, DHMH deputy secretary of public health services, said. "Marylanders are reminded that they can take simple steps to reduce the risk of getting infected."

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