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First Case of West Nile Virus in Florida this Year has Been Detected

West Nile
Posted at 4:27 PM, Jul 24, 2015
and last updated 2015-07-24 14:47:10-04

WALTON Co., FL (WTXL) - The first case of West Nile virus in Florida for 2015 has been detected in Walton County, according to the Florida Department of Health.

Because of this, State Surgeon General and Secretary of Health Dr. John Armstrong is asking Floridians to protect themselves, "I encourage Floridians and visitors to take steps to prevent mosquito bites that can lead to illness. Stay safe by draining any standing water near or in your home, making sure that screens are intact, and keeping your skin covered with clothing and mosquito repellent."

The Department says 80% of the people with West Nile have virus infections have no symptoms. It's those with weakened immune systems and people over the age of 50 that are at a higher risk for severe disease.