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Maryland Mosquitos Have Tested Positive for West Nile for the First TIme this Year
According to Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, West Nile was found in mosquitos in Bowie, MD on August 5, 2015. West Nile is a virus most commonly spread by mosquitos and can cause a fever-related illness, encephalitis (inflammation of the brain) or meningitis (inflammation of the lining of the brain and spinal cord). Most people never develop any symptoms. Roughly one in five may develop a fever with a headache, body aches, joint pains, rash, vomiting or diarrhea. This may go one for sometime. Less than 10% of people will develop a serious strain of the virus that can include a neurologic illness.
The most effective way to prevent West Nile is to prevent mosquito bites.
Do this by:
- Use insect repellents when you go outdoors. Repellents containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535, and some oil of lemon eucalyptus and para-menthane-diol products provide longer-lasting protection.
- Wear long sleeves and pants from dusk through dawn when many mosquitoes are most active.
- Install or repair screens on windows and doors. If you have it, use your air conditioning.
- Help reduce the number of mosquitoes around your home. Empty standing water from containers such as flowerpots, gutters, buckets, pool covers, pet water dishes, discarded tires, and birdbaths.
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