FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - Broward County health officials have confirmed a case of the mosquito borne illness West Nile Virus Fever. It's the first case in the county since 2004.
Officials on Friday said the individual had not been out of the county in the two weeks prior to becoming ill. The patient has fully recovered. Lab test confirmed the virus.
Virus symptoms include fever, rash, headache, fatigue, weakness and dizziness.
Officials encourage residents to protect themselves by avoiding the outdoors at dusk and dawn, when the bugs are more active; wear clothing that covers most of your skin; and use mosquito repellent with DEET. Also check around your home to get rid of standing water, where mosquitoes lay eggs.