LEE COUNTY, Florida – At least one person has tested positive for West Nile virus, according to the Lee County Department of Health.
The West Nile virus is spread among humans through the bite of an infected mosquito. DOH first issued advice on mosquito-borne diseases on September 26, noting an increase in mosquito-borne activity near Lee County. Several flocks of chicken flocks tested positive for the virus, but no human cases were reported at the time.
Most people infected with West Nile virus do not feel sick. About 20% of people who become infected develop fever and other symptoms such as headaches, pain and fatigue, according to the DOH.
People with mild illness usually recover within a week. Less than 1
As a precaution, Lee DOH County reminds residents to “drain and cover” to limit exposure. Residents are also advised to cover their skin with clothing and repellents.
The Li Mosquito Control District will handle some areas from Monday night. To see their treatment schedule, click here.