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Mosquitoes in Anne Arundel County test positive for West Nile virus

Mosquitoes in Anne Arundel County test positive for West Nile virus

A pool of mosquitoes in Linthicum Heights in Anne Arundel County tested positive for West Nile virus, according to the Maryland Department of Agriculture.

The result came several weeks after the state’s first confirmed case of West Nile virus this year as mosquito populations are thriving in Maryland’s wet conditions.

Brian Prendergast, program manager for mosquito control at the Maryland Department of Agriculture, said his department is stepping up efforts to combat flourishing mosquito colonies. His team puts out hundreds of traps each week across the state, including about 50 a week in Anne Arundel County. He said he was not surprised the trap in Linthicum Heights contained mosquitoes carrying West Nile.

“It’s not a brand-new occurrence,” he said. “It’s not shocking that we got a positive trap.”