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Test confirms Md.'s fourth West Nile case

September 23, 2002

MYERSVILLE, Md. - Maryland's fourth case of West Nile virus was confirmed after doctors performed a second blood test on a Myersville resident, Frederick County officials said.

There are no new test results yet on a Washington County woman who preliminary test results indicate may have the first case of West Nile virus in the county, Washington County Health Officer William Christoffel said Saturday.

The Myersville resident, whose name has not been released, was tested for the virus after being taken to the Washington County Hospital by ambulance, Christoffel said. Dr. James Bowes, Frederick County Health Department officer, said the infected person from Myersville has been back at work for a week.

Frederick County Health Department Medical Officer Belle Aquino said the victim, who occasionally travels to Washington, Virginia and Pennsylvania on business, may not have come into contact with the virus in Frederick County.

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Three horses and 33 birds have tested positive for the mosquito-borne virus, Laurie Bucher, the Washington County Health Department's director of environmental health, said Friday.

- Staff and wire reports

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