Prevent West Nile Virus Risk

SNOW HILL, MD (August 14, 2013) – The Worcester County Health Department received notification that a single sample of mosquitoes from the Ocean Pines area have tested positive for the West Nile virus. This is the first West Nile virus positive mosquito sample for Worcester County this year. West Nile Virus was first identified in Worcester County in 2003.

The Worcester County Health Department provides the following tips to help prevent contact with mosquitoes and reduce risk of infection by the West Nile virus.

West Nile virus is most common during the summer and fall months. The virus is transmitted by infected mosquitoes and spread to humans, birds, horses and other animals. Since mosquitoes can breed in as little as a quarter inch of water, the recent rain may attract more mosquitoes.

To avoid contact with mosquitoes:
  • Stay indoors at dawn and dusk.
  • Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants when outdoors.
  • Use an EPA-registered insect repellant and follow package instructions.
  • Get rid of mosquito breeding sites.
    • Remove all discarded tires from property.
    • Dispose of water-holding containers.
    • Change the water in pet dishes and replace the water in bird baths weekly.
    • Drill holes in tire swings so water drains out.
    • Keep children’s wading pools empty and on their sides when they are not in use.
Most people infected with West Nile virus will show no symptoms; however, some people may have mild to severe symptoms that may include swollen lymph glands, a rash, fever, headache, disorientation and others. The easiest and best way to avoid this virus is to prevent mosquito bites.

For more tips and information about West Nile virus, please visit our website at http://worcesterhealth.org.


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