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in VA County
Two students were recently diagnosed with malaria in Loudoun County, VA. Although malaria is common throughout the world, it is rare in the U.S. The two students, 17 and 19, were treated and released from local hospitals last week.
officials stress that the form of malaria found in the two teens is
a mild, non-lethal form that is completely treatable.
No new cases of the disease have been diagnosed. It is believed that the two were infected at least two weeks ago, leaving officials hopeful that no new cases will occur.
Health officials have decided to spray the insecticide Anvil directly around the Loudoun County neighborhood. The Health Department plans to spray this evening after dusk, but is concentrating on a larvicide program. A warning was passed on to residents to stay indoors for at least 30 minutes after the spraying. Contrary to local news reports, there is very little evidence that spraying pesticides to kill adult mosquitoes significantly reduces mosquito populations.