Maryland resident infected with West Nile Virus

How to reduce the risk of West Nile Virus

BALTIMORE - The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has announced the first case of West Nile Virus in the state this year.

According to health officials, they expect to see cases pop up in Maryland every year.

Symptoms of the virus include fever, headache, body aches, skin rash, and swollen lymph glands.

They usually appear within two weeks of an infected mosquito bite.

Health officials recommend doing the following to reduce your risk:

  • Avoid areas of high mosquito infestation
  • Avoid unnecessary outdoor activities at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active
  • Wear long pants, long-sleeved shirts, and hats when concerned about mosquito exposure
  • Using mosquito repellents according to directions
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