A Northeast D.C. resident has died from West Nile virus, reports the Washington Post.
A Southeast resident has been hospitalized with the virus as well. No further details on either patient have been released.
This is in addition to one death from the virus in Maryland, and 20 cases of illness in the state. Virginia has confirmed five cases as well. Health officials aren't releasing information on the other death or cases.
West Nile is transmitted by infected mosquitoes. The Centers For Disease Control recommend avoiding bites by spraying insect repellent directly on skin and on thin clothing. Long-sleeved shirts and pants are recommended when the weather permits, and screens and mosquito netting will also reduce the number of mosquitoes you come in contact with.
TIps for reducing the number mosquitoes around you:
- 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.
- Be sure to check for containers or trash in places that may be hard to see, such as under bushes or under your home.