WASHINGTON — A Maryland resident is this year’s first confirmed case of the West Nile Virus in the state, according to the Baltimore Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.
The adult patient, a western Maryland resident, survived the infection, the DHMH said in a release Monday.
The virus has been detected in mosquitoes trapped in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties. A related virus called Eastern Equine Encephalitis has been traced to mosquitoes on the Eastern Shore.
The West Nile Virus, not to be confused with the Zika virus, is a mosquito-borne disease that can cause fever, head and body aches, skin rash and swollen lymph glands.