LEE COUNTY — A middle-aged man in Lee County has been diagnosed with the West Nile virus, the first human case in the community this year, according to the Lee County Health Department.
The man told health authorities he had been on three hunting trips recently, and so it is not possible to determine if he contracted the mosquito-borne illness locally or from someplace else, the health department reports.
Lee County mosquito control authorities are actively monitoring mosquito activity and health officials advise parents and children to take precautionary measures to avoid bites this weekend during Halloween weekend activities. That includes using repellent, avoiding outdoor activity at dawn and dusk and wearing long-sleeved shirts and trousers.
Many people that become ill have mild symptoms including headache, fever, dizziness, and fatigue, but severe neurological symptoms are also possible. Although mosquito borne diseases can cause serious illnesses and even death in people of any age, children and those over 50 are at greatest risk for severe disease. Symptoms typically appear between 3 and 14 days after the bite of an infected mosquito.
For more information on mosquito borne illnesses:
FDOH Web site at www.doh.state.fl.us, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Web site at www.cdc.gov and the Lee County Mosquito Control District Web site at www.lcmcd.org.