Maryland Health Department Confirms State's First West Nile Virus Case this YearHot Buzz

July 24, 2018 07:40
Maryland Health Department Confirms State's First West Nile Virus Case this Year

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The Maryland Department of Health proclaimed on Monday the initial confirmed case of West Nile virus in the state this year.

The department said the infected individual is an adult in the Baltimore area.

The Maryland Department of Agriculture will conduct larvicidal and spraying activities within a three-quarter mile radius of where the person lives. Routine spray operations will go along in all other active communities throughout the state.

Maryland's number of confirmed West Nile virus cases varies over the years. The peak infection in the state was in 2003 and 2012 when 73 and 47 cases were reported statewide. In 2015, there were 46 cases.

West Nile virus symptoms include fever, headache, body aches, skin rash, and swollen lymph glands. They generally appear two to 14 days after the bite of an infected mosquito.

West Nile virus can be deadly, though it is uncommon, with the group over the age of 60 and people with compromised immune systems having the greatest peril of developing the terrible disease.

Fewer than one percent of individuals exposed to the virus will develop more intense infections, with symptoms such as a headache, high fever, neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness, and paralysis.

According to the Maryland Department of Health, West Nile virus first appeared in the state in 1999 in a crow in Baltimore. The first human cases were reported in 2001.

By Sowmya Sangam

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