First Human Cases of West Nile Virus Reported in Maryland

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The first three human cases of West Nile  Virus in the state of Maryland have been reported for the 2013 year. Just three days ago the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) released a statement that the first human infections of WNV were discovered in the Baltimore metropolitan area. West Nile virus has also been detected in mosquito pools collected in Montgomery County and Worcester County, although no human infections have reported in those areas yet.

Following last week’s announcement of the first confirmed WNV cases, the DHMH will provide weekly updates each Wednesday. For each confirmed case, DHMH will release whether the infected individual is a child or an adult, and the region of the state where it occurs. The three cases announced last Friday, were in adults in the greater Baltimore region and that information will be reflected in the report posted this Wed. August 28th.

With the first confirmed human cases of West Nile Virus in Maryland this year, Marylanders should take extra precautions to avoid the risk of WNV infection. Here at Mosquito Squad, we recommend the 5 T’s to eliminate mosquitoes and therefore reduce your chance of contracting West Nile Virus:

  1. Tip. Reduce standing water to eliminate mosquito threats, including those underneath and around downspouts, in plant saucers and dog bowls.
  2. Toss. Excess grass, leaves, piles, fire wood.
  3. Turn. Turn over larger items like children’s sandboxes, wagons or plastic toys.
  4. Remove Tarps. If tarps stretched over firewood piles, boats or sports equipment aren’t taut, they’re holding water.
  5. Treat. Utilize a mosquito elimination barrier treatment around the home and yard. Using a barrier treatment at home reduces the need for using DEET-containing bug spray. Mosquito Squad eliminates up to 90% of the mosquitoes and ticks on a property.

In taking precautionary measures against West Nile Virus, it’s important to be aware of the symptoms of WNV. Symptoms include: fever, headache, body aches, skin rash and swollen lymph glands. Symptoms are known to appear 3-5 days following the bite of an infected mosquito. The chance of developing symptoms is rare, as the majority of individuals bitten by an infected mosquito will not develop any symptoms at all. However, West Nile Virus can be fatal, and the elderly and those who are immunocomprised are at highest risk of contracting severe cases of WNV.  If you believe you may have contracted West Nile Virus, seek medical advice and treatment immediately.

If you notice that the mosquitoes are bad where you live, we invite you to give the experts a call! Mosquito Squad can help you avoid the nuisance of mosquito bites, as well as protect you from the dangers of mosquito-borne diseases like West Nile Virus. We specialize in eliminating mosquitoes and our clients tell us how much they enjoy finally being able to enjoy their yard and property without menacing mosquitoes!

Mosquito Squad of Howard County & Montgomery County is a locally-owned niche pest-control company that helps you take back your backyard and enjoy your outdoor living space! We offer solutions to rid your property of mosquitoes, stink bugs and ticks, including our barrier spray service, automatic misting systems, and special event sprays. Call us at 301-926-3001 to get a quote and find out how you can enjoy the outdoors and protect your family & pets from mosquitoes, ticks and diseases like West Nile Virus and Lyme Disease.

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