State of­fi­cials be­gin ef­forts to com­bat mos­qui­toes

The Washington Times Daily - - METRO -

Mary­land of­fi­cials say they have be­gun their ef­forts to com­bat mos­qui­toes for the sum­mer.

Agri­cul­ture Sec­re­tary Joe Barten­felder said Tues­day that the “Zika virus con­tin­ues to be a ma­jor pub­lic health con­cern” in the state and that of­fi­cials “re­main vig­i­lant in our ef­forts to fight the dis­ease here in Mary­land.”

Of­fi­cials will be work­ing to elim­i­nate po­ten­tial breed­ing grounds for mos­qui­toes and will also be spray­ing to con­trol the pop­u­la­tion.

As of May 24, there have been 198 cases of Zika virus in Mary­land dat­ing back to 2015, all of them associated with travel to ar­eas where the dis­ease has been ac­tively trans­mit­ted.

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