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State Confirms First West Nile Virus Death

Maryland reports 13 cases of the mosquito-borne virus so far in 2012.

One Maryland resident has died as a result of West Nile Virus, according to state health department officials.

Dori Henry, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Thursday confirmed the death of one adult.

The age, gender and county where the victim lived are not being released because of privacy reasons, Henry said.

So far, Maryland has reported 13 cases of the virus this year.

Nearly 1,600 cases have been reported in 48 states. About 70 percent of those cases come from Texas, South Dakota, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Michigan—45 percent along were in Texas, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Of those cases, 66 people have died as of Aug. 28. It is not clear if the Maryland death is part of that number issued by the CDC.

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Joe September 01, 2012 at 12:52 PM
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C Fletez September 03, 2012 at 12:48 PM
The other fact you do not know is if the person was here visiting, a tourist who got sick (who came from a state with lots of WNV like Texas) so knowing which county may be all but irrelevant. The important thing is to protect yourself as you would when you go into any mosquito potential area...wear insect repellent and examine yourself and children afterwards. I think we have mre to fear from tick bites and Lyme Disease than WNV!
PerryHallParent September 03, 2012 at 01:00 PM
I contracted WNV several years ago when I had a compromised immune system. It was unpleasant and I experienced what I would describe as a "mild" case of the flu. I know the flu isn't mild, but the symptoms were the same, just not as intense. I had body aches, fever with some chills and it lasted about 3-4 days. I did go to the doctor and had blood work to confirm that. I live in a community with next to no water source or stagnant water and the mosquitoes have been pretty horrible this year, but we just make sure to wear long pants and sleeves and limit our time outdoors. You could protect yourself 24/7 and reach outside to get the mail and get one on your hand and be done for. You just have to take reasonable proactive attempts to keep yourself covered and protected and that's about it.
Kim Dixon September 04, 2012 at 09:59 PM
Hmmm I noticed that Howard county is not listed as one of the countys that are up for spraying, Here's a little fact for you my mother passed away from Encephalitis, according to the State she had the highest levels they had seen, yet somhow this information dissapered, of course this was like 8 years ago but nothing was done. I remember years ago they would spray the community a few times a week now they don't. Our taxes go up and the services go wanting.

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