The Prince George’s County Health Department on Wednesday announced they had confirmed that jurisdiction’s first case of the mosquito-borne West Nile virus this year. It’s the second known case in the state of Maryland for 2018.
The patient began to show symptoms in July and subsequent lab testing confirmed the West Nile diagnosis and “is currently under medical care,” the agency said in an August 1 news release.
According to the county news release, West Nile symptoms include fever, headaches and vomiting, along with swollen lymph nodes, although most patients never exhibit any symptoms.
Health officials for both agencies urge residents to take precautions to prevent transmission, including removing pools of standing water from residential areas; wearing light-colored long-sleeved shirts and pants; and applying EPA-approved mosquito repellant.
The Prince George’s announcement came 11 days after the Maryland Department of Health confirmed the state’s first “confirmed and locally acquired case” of the West Nile virus, an adult who lives in the Baltimore metropolitan area.
As of July 24, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were no confirmed cases of West Nile in either Virginia or the District of Columbia.
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