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West Nile in Md. Prompts Mosquito Spraying

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Not long after mosquitos bearing the West Nile Virus were found in traps, a person from New Carrolton came down with the disease.
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Not long after mosquitos bearing the West Nile Virus were found in traps, a person from New Carrolton came down with the disease.

 

New Carrolton, Maryland will be spraying for mosquitos Thursday evening after an individual tested positive for West Nile Virus.

Just days after  mosquitos bearing the virus turned up in traps, the Maryland Department of Agriculture says an individual has tested positive. West Nile causes flu-like symptoms and can be fatal, particularly among the elderly and the very young.

So tonight crews are spraying around 3/4 of the town with permethrin. Entomologists say its the least toxic pesticide they can spray, doesn't last long in the environment, and is sprayed in a way that targets night flying insects -- particularly mosquitos.

Still, they're warning everyone to stay away from the trucks while they're spraying.  

This is at least the fourth time the town has been sprayed this year as part of the state run program. 

 

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