DESOTO COUNTY, Fla. - Florida Department of Health (DOH), DeSoto County Health Department has confirmed West Nile virus in a resident of DeSoto County. Surveillance has shown that West Nile virus has been present in animal populations of the community, and now at least one human.
"We continue to emphasize the importance of protecting yourself against mosquito-borne diseases," said Mary Kay Burns, adding "we know that West Nile virus is here."
DeSoto County Health Department continues to advise the public to remain diligent in protecting themselves from mosquito bites using the "5 D's," which include:
· Dusk and Dawn - Avoid being outdoors at dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are more likely to bite.
· Dress - Wear clothing that covers most of your skin.
· DEET - Use repellents containing DEET (N,N-diethyl-meta-toluamide, or N,N-diethyl-3-methylbenzamide). Picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, IR3535 and permethrin are other repellent options, always following instructions and verifying the product is age appropriate for use.
· Drainage - Check around your home to rid the area of standing water, which is where mosquitoes can lay their eggs.
Symptoms of mosquito-borne illness may include headache, fever, fatigue, dizziness, weakness, body aches, and confusion. Physicians should contact their county health department if they suspect an individual may have a mosquito-borne illness. Department of Health laboratories provide testing services for physicians treating patients with clinical signs of mosquito-borne disease.