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Posted at 8:22 AM ET, 08/20/2010

Va. Beach gets West Nile warning

By Washington Post editors

Virginia Beach is stepping up mosquito control and surveillance in several neighborhoods after mosquito pool samples tested positive for West Nile Virus.

The city's Department of Public Health says a sentinel chicken also tested positive for the virus.

The department warned residents to protect themselves by wearing long, loose and light-colored clothing, using a repellant that includes DEET and turning over or removing containers where rainwater collects.

Four human cases of West Nile Virus have been reported in the city since 2003. 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.

Most people bitten by an infected mosquito don't get sick. Those who do usually suffer mild, flulike symptoms. People older than 50 are at a greater risk of serious illness.

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

--From staff and wire reports

By Washington Post editors  | August 20, 2010; 8:22 AM ET
Categories:  Maryland, Virginia  
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