West Nile Virus Found in Maryland Mosquito Pool

MSNBC and WBAL-TV recently reported that a mosquito pool in Linthicum, MD had tested positive for West Nile Virus.  The health officials said they were not surprised by this finding. 

“We know that West Nile virus may be present throughout Maryland,” said Secretary of Agriculture Buddy Hance. “It typically appears at this time in the summer, so we are not surprised with this positive finding.

“The confirmation of virus-positive mosquitoes serves as a reminder to all residents to continue protecting themselves against mosquito bites and to conduct backyard mosquito control activities, in addition to MDA’s (Maryland Department of Agriculture) routine surveillance and spray activities.” 

People most at risk for developing severe forms of West Nile Fever are those older than 50 and those with already compromised immune systems.  However, all people should take steps to avoid mosquito bites, say Maryland’s Public Health officials. 

West Nile Virus is typically found in Mosquitoes from July through August.  As reported in a previous post, mosquito activity often increases in hot weather.   The next rain fall in Frederick and Washington counties will likely bring many more mosquitoes out. 

If you use professional mosquito control, ask about the satisfaction guarantee.  Some companies offer mosquito control but do not guarantee your satisfaction.  Nobody can eliminate 100% of the mosquitoes, but drastic reductions are possible.

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