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Human case of West Nile Virus confirmed in Volusia County

In just one week, the number of cases of West Nile virus in America has almost doubled, increasing from 693 cases and 26 deaths to 1,221 cases and 42 deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
In just one week, the number of cases of West Nile virus in America has almost doubled, increasing from 693 cases and 26 deaths to 1,221 cases and 42 deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. – Health officials are issuing a mosquito-borne illness advisory on Wednesday after a human case of West Nile Virus was confirmed in Volusia County.

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Officials said there is heightened concern additional residents will become ill. The victim is male and a resident of Volusia County, according to officials, but no other details were released.

Health officials are urging the public to "Drain and Cover," by draining standing water to stop mosquitoes from multiplying and covering skin with clothing or repellent.

Visit the Department of Health's website for more information on prevention.