One human case of West Nile Virus confirmed in Lee County

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LEE COUNTY, Fla. – At least one person has tested positive for West Nile Virus, according to the Lee County Department of Health.

West Nile Virus is spread to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito. The DOH first issued a mosquito borne illness advisory on Sept. 26, noting the rise in mosquito-borne disease activity close to Lee County. Several sentinel chicken flocks had tested positive for the virus, but no humans cases were reported at the time.

Most people infected with West Nile Virus do not feel sick. About 20 % of people who are infected develop a fever and other symptoms such as headache, pain, and fatigue, according to the DOH.

People with mild illness typically recover within a week. Less than 1% of infected people develop a serious, sometimes fatal illness.

As a precaution, the Lee County DOH is reminding residents to “drain and cover” to help limit exposure. Residents are also being advised to cover skin with clothing and repellent.

Lee County Mosquito Control District will be treating some areas starting Monday evening. To see their treatment schedule, click here.

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