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West Nile case confirmed in Volusia County

Health officials concerned others may be at risk

Local 6 News at 5:00p
Local 6 News at 5:00p

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Health officials have confirmed a West Nile virus case in a 34-year-old woman in Volusia County.

The Florida Department of Health said Monday morning the case was confirmed after an investigation into the illness was prompted earlier this month.

The disease is most commonly transmitted to humans by mosquitoes and officials say there are no medications to treat West Nile.

Health officials said there is a heightened concern that additional residents may become ill with the virus, which is transmitted by infected mosquitoes.

Volusia County has been under a mosquito-borne illness advisory since June after eastern equine encephalitis was confirmed in three horses and several sentinel chickens.

The county is doubling up efforts to protect residents by spraying both in air and on ground. Officials are also going door-to-door to inform folks on how to better protect themselves and are also monitoring the sentinel chickens weekly.

Residents and visitors are urged to drain standing water to stop mosquitoes from multiplying, cover skin with clothing or repellant and to cover doors and windows with screens to keep mosquitoes out of your house.

For more information, visit the DOH website.

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Officials say most people infected with West Nile have no symptoms, while about one in five people develop a fever and other symptoms. Less than one percent of those infected develop a serious neurological illness.

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