JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Duval County Health Department released their West Nile Virus update Monday afternoon showing one additional case of the mosquito-borne illness.
The newest case is a 39-year-old female. The newest West Nile Virus confirmation brings the number of total cases to 26.
The first case of the year was confirmed in July.
Symptoms of West Nile virus include confusion, fever, headache,
dizziness, weakness and fatigue. If you suspect you have symptoms,
contact your county's health department.
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The DCHD uses the "Drain and Cover" method to help remind people how to protect themselves from mosquitoes.
Drain standing water to stop mosquitoes from multiplying:
- Drain water from garbage cans, house 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 pets' water bowls at least once or
twice a week.Protect boats and vehicles from rain with tarps that don't
Maintain swimming pools in good condition and appropriately chlorinated. Empty plastic swimming pools when not in use.
Cover skin with clothing or repellent:
shoes, socks and long pants and long-sleeves. This type of protection
may be necessary for people who must work in areas where mosquitoes are
mosquito repellent to bare skin and clothing. Always use repellents
according to the label. Repellents with DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon
eucalyptus, and IR3535 are effective. Use mosquito netting to protect
children younger than 2 months old.
Cover doors and windows with screens to keep mosquitoes out of your house:
Repair broken screening on windows, doors, porches and patios.
Tips on Repellent Use
- Always read label directions carefully for the approved usage
before you apply a repellent. Some repellents are not suitable for
- Productions with concentrations of up to 30 percent DEET are
generally recommended. Other EPA-approved repellents contain Picaridin,
oil of lemon eucalyptus, or IR3535. These products are generally
available at local pharmacies. Look for active ingredients to be listed
on the product label.
- Apply insect repellent to exposed skin, or onto clothing, but not under clothing.
- In protecting children, read label instructions to be sure the
repellent is age-appropriate. According to the CDC, mosquito repellents
containing oil of lemon eucalyptus should not be used on children under
the age of 3 years. DEET is not recommended on children younger than 2
- Avoid applying repellents to the hands of children. Adults
should apply repellent first to their own hands and then transfer it to
the child's skin and clothing.
- If additional protection is necessary, apply a permethrin
repellent directly to your clothing. Again, always follow the
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