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First 2014 case of West Nile virus reported in Maryland near D.C.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland health officials say the first case of the West Nile virus in the state has been reported.

Mosquito on human skin. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Health officials said Thursday that the first case was detected in an adult who lives near Washington. The health department also says the virus has been detected in a horse in the Washington region and in mosquito pools in Harford, Montgomery, Prince George's and Talbot counties.

The state survey period lasts from July 1 through Oct. 31. In 2013, three cases had been reported in the state by mid-August, and a total of 16 people reportedly fell ill by the end of the survey period.

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