Hillsborough County, Florida: Human West Nile Virus case results in mosquito-borne illness report

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From NewsDesk @ bactiman63

Florida Department of Health in Hillsborough County (DOH-Hillsborough) officials issued a mosquito-borne disease report Tuesday after a human case of West Nile virus (WNV) was confirmed.

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Hillsborough County Mosquito Control and DOH-Hillsborough continue their surveillance and prevention efforts.

There is increased concern about additional residents becoming sick and DOH-Hillsborough is reminding residents and visitors not to be bitten by mosquitoes and to take basic precautions to limit exposure.

DOH-Hillsborough advises the public to be diligent in their personal mosquito protection efforts, including remembering to “drain and cover” stagnant water to prevent mosquitos from multiplying, covering skin with clothing or repellants, and doors and covering windows with screens to keep mosquitos out of your house.

WNV is the leading cause of mosquito-borne diseases in the continental United States. It is most commonly transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito. There are no preventive vaccines or drugs used to treat WNV infections in humans.

Most people infected with the West Nile virus do not feel sick. Approximately 1 in 5 people infected develop a fever and other symptoms such as headache, pain, and fatigue. People with mild illness usually recover within a week with symptomatic treatment.

Less than one percent of those infected develop a serious, sometimes fatal, disease. Symptoms usually appear between two and 14 days after being bitten by an infected mosquito. People over the age of 60 and those with weakened immune systems are at increased risk of serious illness.

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