BALTIMORE (WUSA) -- A total of 25 residents have tested positive for West Nile virus and two have died in Maryland, according to the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH).
The cases have been detected in 13 counties and all infected have been adults. Being that the surveillance period is only half way through and officials want to make sure all residents are taking the necessary precautions.
"Since West Nile virus was first detected in Maryland, it has had an impact on every part of the state," said DHMH Secretary Dr. Joshua M. Sharfstein in a press release. "It's important for all Marylanders to take basic actions to reduce the risk of getting infected."
Measures people can take to protect themselves, according to DHMH include:
• Avoid areas of high mosquito activity
• Avoid unnecessary outdoor activities at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active
• Wear long pants, long-sleeved shirts and hats when concerned about mosquito exposure
• Use an EPA-registered insect repellent according to package directions