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Florida Department of Health confirms West Nile in Leon County

West Nile Virus
Posted at 10:30 AM, Sep 09, 2014
and last updated 2014-09-09 10:30:00-04

Tallahassee, FL (WTXL) -- A human case of the West Nile Virus has been identified in the area. There are concerns of the illness spreading by the Florida Department of Health in Leon County.

According to the Center for Disease Control, West Nile is a mosquito-borne disease with no known treatment. Fortunately, serious symptoms develop in less than 1% of those infected.

Health officials have announced that there is an increase of mosquito-borne disease in the areas of Leon County. They are continuing surveillance and prevention efforts along with Leon County Mosquito Control.

The Department of Health recommends using "Drain and Cover" for protection from mosquitoes.

Drain: Standing water will allow mosquitoes to multiply.

  • Drain all water from garbage cans, gutters, buckets, pool covers, flower pots or any container where water can accumulate.
  • Discard old tires, drums, bottles, cans, pots and pans, broken appliances and other items that aren't being used.
  • Empty and clean birdbaths and pet's water bowls at least once or twice a week.
  • Keep swimming pools in good condition and properly chlorinated. Empty plastic swimming pools when not in use. 

Cover: Protect skin with clothing and repellent.

  • Wear shoes, socks and long pants and long-sleeves. This may be necessary for people who work in areas where mosquitoes are present.
  • Apply mosquito repellent to bare skin and clothing. Look for repellents with DEET (N,N-diethyl-m-toluamide), picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR3535.
  • Use mosquito netting for children under 3 months old.
  • Remember to always read repellent directions carefully. Not all repellents are suitable for children