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New West Nile Virus Cases Confirmed in Jacksonville

4:43 PM, Aug 2, 2011   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Three new cases of West Nile virus bring the total throughout Duval County to five in 2011.

According to the Duval County Health Department, the three new cases are in a 61-year-old male, a 64-year-old female and a 49-year-old female.

The health department wants everyone to take steps to stop the illness from spreading further, notably by the "Drain and Cover" method.

DRAIN standing water

  • Drain water from garbage cans, gutters, buckets, pool covers, coolers, toys, flower pots or any other containers where sprinkler or rain water has collected
  • Discard old tires, drums, bottles, cans, pots and pans, broken appliances and other items that aren't being used
  • Empty and clean birdbaths and pet's water bowls at least once or twice a week
  • Protect boats and vehicles from rain with tarps that don't accumulate water
  • Maintain swimming pools in good condition and appropriately chlorinated; empty plastic swimming pools when not in use

COVER skin

  • Clothing: Wear shoes, socks, and long pants and long-sleeves
  • Repellent: Apply mosquito repellent to bare skin and clothing, in accordance with the product's label.
  • Use mosquito netting for small children.

COVER doors and windows

  • Repair broken screening on windows, doors, porches, and patios

Symptoms of West Nile include headache, fever, dizziness, weakness and confusion.

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