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Spraying in Baltimore County after report of West Nile case

The state is planning to spray for mosquitoes in northern Baltimore County, where a resident suffered from West Nile Virus.

The individual died Monday, though not from West Nile, according to the Baltimore County Department of Health.

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The additional mosquito spraying will take place Thursday and Sept. 3 in the communities of Brookfield, Eagles Nest, Loveton Farms, Meredith Ridge, Misty Hollow, Montrose, Ramsgate, Summer Hill and Windy Hills Farm in the Cockeysville and Phoenix area.

All spraying will occur after 7:30 p.m. and residents should stay inside during the spraying.

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Baltimore County officials said this is the second human case of West Nile reported in the Baltimore area this year. The first was reported by state officials last week.

West Nile is transmitted by the bite of a mosquito that picked up the virus by feeding on an infected animal. Symptoms in humans can range from no symptoms to a mild illness all the way to a fatal illness, with people older than 60 having the greatest risk of developing a severe disease.

The number of cases varies by season. Cases peaked in 2003 and 2012, with 73 and 47, respectively. There were six cases last year.

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