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Posted at 3:49 PM ET, 08/19/2010

Two Md. residents have West Nile virus

By Washington Post editors

The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Thursday announced that a Montgomery County resident, 65 or older, and a Baltimore County resident, between the age of 18 and 65, are the state's first confirmed cases of West Nile virus this year.

The department is advises that people can protect themselves by:

Avoiding areas of high mosquito infestation;
Avoiding unnecessary outdoor activities at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active;
Wearing light clothing, long pants, long-sleeved shirts and hats when outdoors; and
Using mosquito repellants according to directions
.

Officials say most people infected with West Nile virus will not have any symptoms. People who do develop the illness may experience fever, headache, body aches, skin rash and swollen lymph glands. These symptoms generally appear three to 15 days following the bite of an infected mosquito.

Less than one percent of persons exposed to the virus will develop more severe infections with symptoms such as headache, high fever, neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness and paralysis. In rare instances, the virus can be fatal.

For more information on West Nile, visit the state's West Nile page, or visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Web site.

By Washington Post editors  | August 19, 2010; 3:49 PM ET
Categories:  Maryland  
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Comments

this is unacceptable, we need legislation to protect us against such horrors.

Posted by: fakedude2 | August 19, 2010 6:06 PM | Report abuse

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