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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE NOVEMBER 18, 2020
FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH OFFICIALS CONTINUE MOSQUITO-BORNE ILLNESSES ALERT
Additional Human Case of West Nile virus Illness Confirmed
DAVIE, Fla. - Seven human case(s) of West Nile virus illness have been reported to the Florida Department of Health in Broward County since January 1, 2020, and there is a heightened concern that additional residents will become ill. Broward County continues to be under a mosquito-borne illnesses alert. DOH-Broward and Broward County Mosquito Control Division continue surveillance and prevention efforts.
West Nile virus (WNV) is the leading cause of mosquito-borne disease in the continental United States. It is most commonly spread to people by the bite of an infected mosquito. There are no vaccines to prevent or medications to treat WNV in people.
Most people infected with West Nile virus do not feel sick. About 1 in 5 people who are infected develop a fever and other symptoms such as headache, pain, and fatigue. People with mild illness typically recover within about a week with symptomatic treatment. Less than one percent of infected people develop a serious, sometimes fatal, illness. Symptoms typically appear between two and 14 days after the bite of an infected mosquito. People over the age of 60 and individuals with weakened immune systems are at an increased risk for severe disease
DOH-Broward reminds residents and visitors to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes and to take basic precautions to help limit exposure. Remember to “Drain and Cover.”
DRAIN standing water to stop mosquitoes from multiplying.
COVER skin with clothing or repellent.
Tips on Repellent Use
COVER doors and windows with screens to keep mosquitoes out of your house.
For more information on what repellent is right for you, consider using the Environmental Protection Agency’s search tool to help you choose skin-applied repellent products: http://cfpub.epa.gov/oppref/insect/#searchform.
The Department continues to conduct statewide surveillance for mosquito-borne illnesses, including West Nile virus infections, Eastern equine encephalitis, St. Louis encephalitis, malaria, chikungunya, and dengue. Residents of Florida are encouraged to report dead birds via the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s site - http://legacy.myfwc.com/bird/default.asp. For more information, visit DOH’s website at www.floridahealth.gov/%5C/diseases-and-conditions/mosquito-borne-diseases/index.html.
About the Florida Department of Health
The Department works to protect, promote, and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county, and community efforts.
For more information about the Florida Department of Health please visit www.FloridaHealth.gov.
Renee Podolsky, Community Health Director for the Florida Department of Health