West Nile Virus

Dealing with more bug bites than usual? Mosquitos are at 3 times their normal number in Maryland this summer.

Dealing with more bug bites than usual? Mosquitos are at 3 times their normal number in Maryland this summer.

First came the rains. Now come the mosquitoes.

Populations of the itch-inducing insects have multiplied across Maryland — in many areas up to three times their normal early summer numbers — because of recent storms and flooding that have given them an abundance of water to breed in.

That means the ankle-biters are even more of a nuisance than normal and, potentially, a bigger public health threat, too.

Health officials regularly test the region’s mosquitoes for signs of West Nile virus, Zika and other illnesses that can be carried from person to person through the pest’s bite.

These viruses can cause vomiting, rash, nausea and, in the worst cases, death. The Zika...

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