Evidence of West Nile Virus found in Maryland

HYATTSVILLE, Md. -- Mosquito control spraying began Monday evening in a Hyattsville neighborhood after remnants of West Nile Virus were found in insects caught near 42nd Place earlier this month.

The Maryland Department of Agriculture is spraying east of 42nd within a 3/4 mile radius of where the mosquito was found.

"If possible, it is recommended to remain indoors with all windows shut until at least 20 minutes after spraying operations have been completed in your area," advised an alert about the spraying sent by the city of Hyattsville.

The alert went on to identify the pesticide as permethrin, containing Permanone 30-30.

You can protect yourself from bug bites by using repellent, avoiding standing water, and wearing clothes that cover your skin. Avoiding the outdoors during dusk and dawn can also help reduce the risk of exposure.

According to the Center For Disease Control West Nile Virus about 1 in 5 people who are infected develop a fever and other symptoms. About 1 out of 150 infected people develop a serious, sometimes fatal, illness.

If you have questions about the spraying occurring in Hyattsville call (301) 422-5080.