Health and agriculture officials say West Nile virus has been detected in a mosquito pool in Prince George’s County, the first such pool found in the state this year.


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The Department of Agriculture said in a news release on Aug. 3 that mosquitoes were collected in the Town of Capitol Heights, Md. on July 19. The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene confirmed the presence of West Nile virus in those mosquitoes on July 27.

Officials say a truck sprayed the area to control adult mosquitoes.

Health officials urge residents take precautions to reduce their exposure to mosquito bites.

According to a 2010 U.S. Census report, 92.8 percent of the town is Black. The town has more than 4,000 residents.