SILVER SPRING, Md. (WNEW) — The first case of the West Nile virus was reported in Maryland last week, and state health officials don’t think it will be the last.

The first case was detected in an adult who lives near D.C. The health department also says the virus has been detected in a horse in the D.C. region and in mosquito pools in Harford, Montgomery, Prince George’s and Talbot counties.

Dr. Katherine Feldman, with the Maryland Health Department, expects more people to be diagnosed in the coming weeks. The good news is that most people who are infected don’t get symptoms and are relatively okay.

However, officials say another 20-percent of people will notice the symptoms, which include: fever, headache, achy feeling, vomiting, diarrhea and possible rash.

David Dayhoff with Strosniders Hardware in Silver Spring says if you want to keep these pests out of your yard, it’s important to limit standing water because that’s where they breathe.

Dayhoff recommends mosquito dunks, which look like small donuts made out of sand. They are dropped in standing bodies of water like fish ponds and repel mosquitoes.

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WNEW’s Heather Curtis contributed to this report. Follow her and WNEW on Twitter.


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