The first official case of West Nile Virus of 2018 has been detected in Maryland.
Maryland officials found West Nile in mosquitoes tested in the Riverdale Park area of Prince George's County.
While the sample that tested positive was taken on July 11, mosquito problems across the Washington, D.C. region have exploded due to recent rains. The record rains has led to high water levels, standing water, drainage problems... and lots of mosquitoes.
Tips to Minimize Mosquito Bites and West Nile Virus:
• Wear long, loose fitting, light colored clothing
• Wear insect repellents according to product labels
• Avoid mosquito infested areas during prime periods of activity (between dusk and dawn)
• Install, inspect, and repair window and door screens in homes and stables
• Regularly clean bird baths and bowls for pet food and water
• Remove or empty all water-holding containers