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What to know: 4 West Nile Virus cases confirmed in Collier County

Florida Department of Health in Collier County said Thursday there is heightened concern more people in the area will test positive for West Nile Virus after four people contracted it recently.

We looked at symptoms for West Nile Virus and how similar they are to the flu or even the coronavirus.

“It seemed like over a weekend, they were just everywhere,” Ashley Jones said.

“They always stung me everywhere,” Matthew Dunn said.

DOH-Collier released an alert that warned mosquitos could be dangerous.

“With the West Nile, that could be a big concern,” Rachel Dunn said.

The CDC says symptoms of the West Nile Virus can be fever, headaches and fatigue that can last for weeks. That can be very similar to COVID-19, where symptoms also include fever or chills and body aches.

“We’ve got to make sure we get rid of all water because, I know with mosquitos, they can just produce in a small cap full of water,” Jones said.

DOH-Collier recommends you look out for standing water building up in things such as flower pots, dog bowls, pool covers and gutters. Make sure to also cover your skin.

“Always spray on bug spray because that’s the answer to get the mosquitoes away from you,” Matthew Dunn said.

The health department said families should use mosquito netting to protect children younger than two months old instead of using repellent on them.

Reporter:Taylor Smith
Writer:Jack Lowenstein
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