West Nile Virus detected in Maryland resident

Marks the first case in Maryland this year
Posted at 4:21 PM, Sep 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-11 11:20:22-04

BALTIMORE — Maryland's Department of Health announced on Tuesday the State's first case of the West Nile Virus this year.

The infected unidentified individual is an adult living in the National Capital region of Maryland.

The number of human West Nile cases in Maryland has varied greatly from year to year. In 2003, there were 73 cases. In 2012, there were 47 cases; in 2015, 46 cases; and in 2018, 45 cases

MDH wants to remind Marylanders of simple measures to reduce the risk of infection:

  • Avoiding areas of high mosquito activity.
  • Wearing long pants, long-sleeved shirts and hats when outdoors.
  • Using an EPA-registered insect repellent according to package directions.

For more information on the West Nile Virus, click here.