LEE COUNTY, Fla. – At least one person has tested positive for the West Nile Virus, according to the Lee County Department of Health.
West Nile Virus is spread to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito. DOH first issued a mosquito-borne disease counseling service on Sept. 26, noting the increase in mosquito-borne disease activity near Lee County. Several sentinel chicken flocks had tested positive for the virus, but no cases of humans were reported at the time.
Most people infected with the West Nile Virus do not feel sick. About 20% of people who are infected develop fever and other symptoms such as headaches, pain and fatigue, according to DOH.
People with mild illness typically recover within a week. Less than 1
As a precaution, Lee County DOH reminds residents to “drain and cover” to help limit exposure. Residents are also advised to cover the skin with clothing and repellent.
The Lee County Mosquito Control District will address some areas from Monday night. Click here to see their treatment plan.