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Health officials are warning people that could be more susceptible to West Nile Virus to stay indoors during times of peak mosquito activity.

A second West Nile Virus case has been reported in Maryland, just outside of the Washington, D.C. area, according to Kimberly Mitchell, Chief of Rabies and Vector Born Diseases at the state's health department.

"It is a 70-year-old patient who was diagnosed with West Nile Encephalitis," she says. "The encephalitis is a more severe form of the disease. Usually about one in every 150 infected individuals will get that."

The patient is receiving care, but Mitchell was not aware of his current condition. The first reported case was not as severe, and that patient is recovering.

Mitchell says it's normal to have one or two cases at this time of year.

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