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County Confirms West Nile Case, Spraying Program

Spraying will take place in the Milford area of Baltimore County next month.

Baltimore County health officials Thursday confirmed the county's first case of West Nile Virus.

The confirmation comes on the same day that state and federal officials announced the first in Maryland.

The county, in conjunction with the Maryland Department of Agriculture, will conduct a spraying program to reduce the mosquito population in the Milford area.

The spraying will take place on Thursday Sept. 6 and 13 at 7:30 p.m., according to a statement released by the Baltimore County Health Department. [A copy of the map of the area to be sprayed is attached to this article.]

The statement did not specifically identify where the case was contracted or any information on the condition of the patient.

West Nile Virus is transmitted through mosquito bites. Typically, the insects pick up the virus from feeding on an infected animal. In humans, the virus generally causes either no symptoms, or mild, flu-like illness. In some cases, it can be deadly, according to the county health department statement.

"Protect yourself and your family against West Nile Virus by eliminating mosquito breeding sites, wearing protective clothing, and using insect repellent," Dr. Gregory Branch, Director of Health and Human Services for Baltimore County, said in the county statement.

Heath department officials offered the following advice for controlling and reducing the mosquito population:

  • At least once or twice a week, empty water from flower pots, pet food and water dishes, birdbaths, swimming pool covers, buckets, barrels, and cans.
  • Check for clogged rain gutters and clean them out.
  • Remove discarded tires, and other items that could collect water.

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.

teresa fore August 31, 2012 at 11:06 AM
WHY SPRAY IN JUST MILFORD????? MOSQUITOS ARE EVERYWHERE!! SPRAY THE WHOLE STATE!!!!
Ellie August 31, 2012 at 11:09 AM
How do we get them to spray in our area?
Carol August 31, 2012 at 01:55 PM
Baltimore County apparently has no money for spraying this year. I think they should be spraying everywhere. The numbers will just go up
Sharon Stanton August 31, 2012 at 02:32 PM
I agree; my son and his family live in the Relay area directly adjacent to the Patapsco State Park. Mosquitos are everywhere; the children are unable to stay out long because of them. It would great if Baltimore county ever made provisions to handle areas of concern such as this. It's not like mosquitos/the problem have not existed in years past.
Adrienne August 31, 2012 at 03:23 PM
Soooo, what I read is: We've (not the Patch, the news in general) had to report this as someone has already died and multiple cases are being reported...so we are only going to spray where we KNOW it is. Forget being proactive and protecting the rest of the state! I'd like to see the whole state get sprayed too! Please try to tell me that the state doesn't have funds to do this...when was the last time you checked your tax bill(s)?
chsmm1 August 31, 2012 at 04:59 PM
Why don't they use the money $$$ they saved from this past mild winter ( $$ for snow removal) to spray???
Tim August 31, 2012 at 06:02 PM
Sweet, time to lock myself indoors?
number9dream August 31, 2012 at 06:51 PM
Where is Milford in Baltimore County? I thought Milford was in Delaware.
Kathi August 31, 2012 at 07:12 PM
Last night on the news they said they had $230 million extra. We live 1 block away from the bay and The yard guard only works so long, plus it's expensive. I sure don't like putting chemicals on myself let alone my Grandkids. SPRAY THE WHOLE STATE..........
Other Tim September 02, 2012 at 06:55 PM
Milford Mill area of Baltimore County around the intersection of Liberty Road and Milford Mill Road off Beltway exit 18.
Other Tim September 02, 2012 at 07:00 PM
There is no "extra" money in this state. Maybe they did not spend all the budget over runs, but that's not "extra". I'm sorry, but just because one person died, we cannot panic. First of all, the person who died was probably a senior citizen with other ongoing health problems. Most people's symptoms are no worse than the flu, and not many of them. Simply cannot spend millions of dollars addressing a problem that the media is blowing out of proportion.
Zoobie September 03, 2012 at 11:56 PM
There's a "Personal Protector" sold in most Grocery Stores. It's made by the same folks that market home aerosol sprays and cleaning products. You just clip it on a shirt pocket, or any pocket, and turn it on. I believe they claim a 15 foot radius of protection. Look in the grocery store near Fabreeze products.
Dominique Farrow-Ray September 12, 2012 at 10:15 PM
Milford is a neighborhood off liberty rd, different from Milford Mill. Thanks for sharing.
Joe September 12, 2012 at 10:24 PM
OH MY GOD!!!!! RUN FOR THE BOMB SHELTERS THE WORLD IS ENDING. How many Americans die of th eflu every year? 3,349 in 1986--87 to 48,614 in 2003--04. http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5933a1.htm
Joe September 12, 2012 at 10:25 PM
Don't spray my area! I would rather take my chances in and around my skeeters than with DOW Chemical.

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