First 2014 case of West Nile virus reported in Maryland near D.C.

      Mosquito on human skin. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

      BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland health officials say the first case of the West Nile virus in the state has been reported.

      Health officials said Thursday that the first case was detected in an adult who lives near Washington. The health department also says the virus has been detected in a horse in the Washington region and in mosquito pools in Harford, Montgomery, Prince George's and Talbot counties.

      The state survey period lasts from July 1 through Oct. 31. In 2013, three cases had been reported in the state by mid-August, and a total of 16 people reportedly fell ill by the end of the survey period.