Health department director Dr. Sarah Moyer said in the release that precautions should be taken.
This comes one week after Toronto Public Health confirmed the first human case of West Nile virus in the city in 2018. The infected mosquitoes were found in surveillance traps in those areas.
"It only takes one bite from an infected Culex tarsalis mosquito to be exposed to WNV". Always use according to label instructions.More news: China appeals for United States calm after new tariff threat
In Maryland, there were five reported cases of West Nile previous year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Get rid of even small amounts of standing water around your home".
The Department of Public Health and Wellness has also advised residents to mosquito-proof their homes by installing fix screens to keep the insects outside, using an air conditioning system, and emptying standing water. Wearing long-sleeve clothing and socks also helps prevent bites.
Helwig and Carroll said the wet, hot weather is driving the increase in West Nile. Eliminate or drain all sources of standing water on your property, including flower pots, old vehicle tires, rain gutters and pet bowls. "Where with the nuisance mosquitos you get that strong biting feeling so you'll be able to slap", he said.More news: China warns of tariffs on imported United States goods worth $60bn
He explained mosquitoes spread the disease among the bird population. The natural hosts of the virus are birds.
West Nile causes mild flu-like symptoms, but it can lead to a more serious condition that includes swelling of the brain, muscle convulsions, coma, paralysis and death, according to the DEP.
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