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West Nile Virus Detected in Mosquitoes: Anne Arundel County Takes Preventive Measures

West Nile Virus Detected in Mosquitoes: Anne Arundel County Takes Preventive Measures

Officials from the Anne Arundel County Health Department have confirmed the presence of West Nile virus in mosquitoes captured in two different areas of the county.

These results mark the first detection of West Nile virus-positive mosquitoes in the United States this year.

Fortunately, as of now, no human cases of the virus have been reported in Anne Arundel County.

In response to the findings, the Maryland Department of Agriculture will be conducting targeted spraying in the areas where the infected mosquitoes were found. The Environmental Protection Agency has approved the use of this solution for control programs, ensuring it does not pose “unreasonable risks to human health.” However, as a precautionary measure, the Department of Agriculture advises people to avoid outdoor activities during the spraying.

Scheduled for July 23 after 7:30 p.m., the spraying will take place near the intersection of Crain Highway and Davidsonville Road. The communities of Amberfield, Lake Louise, and the Northwest Crofton Community District are within the affected area.

For any inquiries regarding the spraying process, individuals may contact the Maryland Department of Agriculture or the Mosquito Control Program at 410-841-5870.

Health officials emphasize that West Nile virus is transmitted through mosquito bites. While most people exposed to the virus do not fall sick, about 20% may experience symptoms such as headache, fever, muscle and joint aches, nausea, and fatigue.

In light of this discovery, the authorities are taking proactive steps to mitigate the spread of the virus and protect the well-being of the community. Public awareness and cooperation will play a crucial role in preventing further cases and ensuring a safer environment for all residents.

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