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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.

Corbin Dallas Multipass August 31, 2012 at 04:07 PM
http://www.wbaltv.com/blob/view/-/16433288/data/1/-/995khoz/-/West-Nile-spraying-planned-in-Milford-MAP.pdf is a map of the spraying area. https://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=Reisterstown+Rd+and+Slade+Ave&aq=&sll=39.339675,-76.666245&sspn=0.031498,0.066047&vpsrc=6&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Reisterstown+Rd+%26+Slade+Ave,+Pikesville,+Baltimore,+Maryland+21208&ll=39.368744,-76.717529&spn=0.031485,0.066047&t=m&z=15 is here it looks to be located on google maps
mary knight August 31, 2012 at 06:42 PM
West Nile is bad for your circulation and health; computer sitting can be really bad!
mary knight August 31, 2012 at 06:46 PM
Hi, Ann. Please, Ann, get the antibody blood test for West Nile; if you already have the antibody, your mind will be at ease. I may do the same so that I won't worry as much about getting bitten. Don't freak out if you get bitten; not all skeeters carry West nile, and you may already have been exposed.
Shannon Kendall August 31, 2012 at 07:25 PM
There are a lot of great opinions posted here. Thank you to some of the helpful and concerned people. I know this may sound like hocus pocus but I noticed one evening that mosquitos weren't around when I was lighting patchouli charcoal incense. I don't know what it is about that smell or smoke but I have continued using it and have kept them out of my garage this summer. Perhaps the patchouli oil or fragrance spray would do the same if you can stomach the odd scent? I feel happy knowing it stinks but it's not a chemical.
Shannon Kendall August 31, 2012 at 07:27 PM
And thank you Sarah Wayland
number9dream August 31, 2012 at 07:31 PM
Yeah the mosquitoes don't come around if I'm smoking a cigarette.
No Psoas August 31, 2012 at 07:41 PM
Relax! Your odds of being murdered are nine hundred times GREATER than dying of the West Niles Virus. I am more afraid of the chemicals used in spraying than of the mosquitos. Keeping the surrounding area clear of wet and standing water (including keeping your gutters clean) is more effective than the spray programs.
John Floyd II August 31, 2012 at 08:30 PM
Especially here in Pee-Gee County, "the Camden NJ of Maryland"!
Nick August 31, 2012 at 08:37 PM
Looks like a pretty even distribution. Can't see how knowing where the county was in which the person died is relevant in the least. People should take no more or less precautions because of a death. It's not like the disease is any worse than anywhere else.
Nick August 31, 2012 at 08:40 PM
@No Psoas Best comment on this page, People sure do overreact on this website.
No Psoas August 31, 2012 at 10:35 PM
Thank you.
Cindy faville August 31, 2012 at 11:58 PM
thank you
Cindy faville August 31, 2012 at 11:59 PM
thanks
Maribeth Kalinich September 01, 2012 at 01:18 AM
On Tuesday, August 28, Brooklyn Park had an unscheduled spray and Baltimore City and County were added to the list of areas with the cases with WNV. On 9/6 and 9/13 Milford Mill will be getting an unscheduled spraying. Neither community participates in the spraying program. My community of Shore Acres in Arnold in Anne Arundel County does participate in the spraying program every year. We were given a time and a date for spraying. I just found out August 20 we were never sprayed. After a week of emails with MDA's Mike Cantwell and Speaker Mike Busch's Aide Edie Segree we got a trap test (Monday 8/27) that was unsuccessful. Cantwell said the Tues. we would have a human three bites in two minutes test. It was not until Thursday morning I found out from Segree that we had an unannounced spraying around 10:30-11:00 pm Tuesday after the bite test was successful. We didn't have a chance to close windows, stay inside or bring pets inside. Cantwell said we should have known we would be sprayed. Cape St. Claire, Bayberry and Ulmstead were sprayed according to Edie Segree. The Cape and Ulmstead still don't know they were sprayed. MDA is performing another bite test next Tuesday 9/7. If successful they will spray again. If in Shore Acres, Bayberry, Ulmstead or the Cape, stay inside, close windows and bring pets in. For info contact Md. DHMH or MDA. FYI—first MD death was prior to 8/21. http://www.mda.state.md.us/plants-pests/mosquito_control/mosquito_control_program_description.php
Maribeth Kalinich September 01, 2012 at 02:21 AM
Adrienne, I am allergic to mosquito bites, have a weakened immune system and am just getting over a case of West Nile virus. Unfortunately, my physician's office had not received any information of the symptoms, how to diagnose or the antibody blood test so mine is an unconfirmed case. I had most of the symptoms BEFORE the list was released in the news. It has been a nasty recovery and I am just off the Zithromax. I am in Shore Acres in Arnold. We supposedly just got sprayed--without warning.
Maribeth Kalinich September 01, 2012 at 02:22 AM
dontbelieveeverythingyouhear, If you don't want to be sprayed you can fill out an "Opt out form" and the county will skip your property in the spraying. Simple as that.
Maribeth Kalinich September 01, 2012 at 02:27 AM
Kem no need to panic. But people and doctors need to be informed. They say 80% won't be seriously affected. However, the 20% who are need to be protected and the virus is showing up in blood donors. Donors should NOT be discouraged. Their donations could be a way to create a vaccine from the antibodies. The people who DO need to worry are horse owners. Horses will become critically ill from West Nile. There is a vaccine for horses to prevent them from becoming sick but many horses have to be put down.
Barb Ster September 01, 2012 at 02:32 AM
Can anyone suggest a good snowblower
Maribeth Kalinich September 01, 2012 at 02:37 AM
Ann, you can find the communities that are on the list of participating communities on this website. Then you have to contact Mike Cantwell to see if your community was actually sprayed or on the waiting list (up to two years). My community was scheduled for spraying and was not until I put up a fight. Then we were sprayed without notice. MDA is not handling this well. CDC breaks down the cases into neuroinvasive, non-neuroinvasive, deaths and blood donors for each state. USGS has a list "confirmed cases per county" map and list. It is spreading. You can get OFF clip on fans and bands for wrists and legs to help ward off mosquitos. I get bitten in my house. http://www.mda.state.md.us/plants-pests/mosquito_control/mosquito_control_program_description.php
Maribeth Kalinich September 01, 2012 at 02:38 AM
Kyna,the first death in MD happened before 8/21. It was on the CDC website.
Maribeth Kalinich September 01, 2012 at 02:41 AM
And I bet your mom isn't included in the confirmed cases either. I have WNV but my doctor and I didn't know about the blood test and now I can't have one because I have been on antibiotics. It is illogical to think there are only one or two cases in the 9 counties reported so far. My mom also has diabetes and COPD. I think we will be going to the doctor next week.
Maribeth Kalinich September 01, 2012 at 02:45 AM
We have ponds, steams and bogs in this community. Any suggestions No Psoas? Tell your odds comment to the family of the person who died.
No Psoas September 01, 2012 at 02:55 AM
Of course any death is tragic for us all. That is not the point. You are just as likely to die from a lightening strike as from WNV. Take precautions from WNV as well as from thunder storms
Maribeth Kalinich September 01, 2012 at 07:11 AM
Correction: Spraying is on Tuesday 9/4 in Shore Acres, Ulmstead, Bayberry and Cape St. Claire.
Nick September 01, 2012 at 11:16 AM
How many people died from the flu last year? The point is that knowing where the person was that died helps no one and changes nothing. Frankly I am more concerned about the chemical insecticides that are just being sprayed into the environment with no notice. I am much more concerned about the build up of various chemical agents in the environment and the deleterious effect it has on us and the food supply than I am about a virus carried by mosquitoes that might give me flu like symptoms. Good lord haven't you people ever heard of chicken little?
Joe September 01, 2012 at 12:51 PM
It depends on how much you need to remove. That is the number one consideration. Start your research here. http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/snow-blowers.htm Here is another good site. Good luck. The biggest thing to remember is to have gas on hand. Nothing like needing to clean your long driveway and not have a full tank of gas to do the job when you can't get out to get more. Trust me on this from experience.
Joe September 01, 2012 at 12:52 PM
oops http://www.snowblower.com/articles/how-to-choose-the-best-snowblower-1332.html
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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