Patient Dies of West Nile Virus in Maryland

13th case in Maryland since July 1; first fatality

Thursday, Aug 30, 2012  |  Updated 5:50 PM EDT
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A person has died of West Nile Virus in Maryland, the state's Department of Health has confirmed.

Officials would not comment on the victim's age, gender or place of residence. They did say the victim was an adult.

There have been 13 human cases of West Nile in Maryland since July 1, two of which were in the capital area. All were adults. This was Maryland's first West Nile fatality.

Cases have also been reported in Virginia.

Earlier this month, mosquitoes tested positive for the West Nile virus in the District, but there have been no confirmed cases of the virus in humans, a D.C. health department official told the Associated Press

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