Crow found to have West Nile brings Howard total to 6

September 20, 2001

A sixth dead crow found in Howard County tested positive for West Nile virus last week, according to county health officer Diane Matuszak.

The crow was found in the 9500 block of Angelina Circle, near Lake Elkhorn in Owen Brown village, on Sept. 11. The bird tested positive for the virus three days later.

Other dead crows confirmed to be infected with the West Nile virus have been found in Owen Brown, Long Reach and Ellicott City. Infected mosquitoes were found in Savage. Maryland's only two cases of humans infected by the virus have occurred in Baltimore.

Matuszak said cool temperatures overnight in recent weeks are reducing the number of mosquitoes, but she warned that generally warm weather could continue into October.

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