West Nile Confirmed in Prince George's

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    Prince George's County officials have confirmed the presence of West Nile Virus in a New Carrollton, Md., resident, and are warning other county residents to take precautions.

    Health officials say recent heavy rains and standing water have created a risk of exposure to the virus, which can be spread to humans by an infected mosquito's bite.

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    The New Carrollton case is the county's first confirmed case of West Nile Virus in a human.

    Infected humans can suffer a fever, headache, nausea and damage to the central nervous system.

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    Residents are being urged to avoid mosquito bites by wearing long-sleeved clothing while outdoors and by removing breeding mosquitoes from yards.