The state's first human case of West Nile virus this year has been confirmed on the Eastern Shore, according to the Maryland Department of Health. West Nile virus is transmitted by mosquito bites and affects the nervous system.

The Maryland Department of Health on Wednesday said an adult living in the Eastern Shore region has tested positive for West Nile virus. The patient is recovering from the infection; authorities gave no further information on where the person lives.

Up to 80 percent of people who are infected with the virus will not display any signs of illness. However, those who have underlying health conditions could become seriously ill.

“We are in the season when the West Nile virus can spread in Maryland,” said Deputy Secretary for Public Health Services Dr. Nilesh Kalyanaraman. “We urge people to be vigilant and take steps to avoid infection and eliminate standing pools of water where mosquitoes can breed. Our teams are continuing to monitor mosquito activity across the state."... Read More: Pikesville Patch