West Nile Virus Confirmed in Polk, Pasco

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Officials are warning residence to protect themselves from mosquitoes after after some human cases of the West Nile Virus being diagnosed in Polk and Pasco counties.

The Florida Department of Health in Polk County (FDOH-Polk) on Tuesday confirmed Polk’s first case of West Nile Virus (WNV) in a human. The female resident from Lake Wales is resting and doing well.

The Florida Department of Health in Pasco on Tuesday advised residents there has been an increase in mosquito-borne disease activity in areas of Pasco County. They have confirmed a human case of West Nile illness and there is a heightened concern that more residents will become ill. Pasco County Mosquito Control and DOH-Pasco continue surveillance and prevention efforts.

The virus is spread by infected mosquitoes. Residents can take precautions to avoid being infected.

“Avoiding mosquito bites is the key to preventing infection with West Nile Virus and other mosquito-borne diseases,” said Dr. Ulyee Choe, director of the FDOH-Polk, according to WFLA. “Floridians and visitors are encouraged to take precautionary measures to help reduce the chance of being bitten. Remember to drain and cover.”

One of the most common things you can do is drain standing water around your house. In buckets, cans, gutters, etc.

You should also maintain pool water and cover your skin with repellent or long clothing. Another tip is to properly discard old tires, cans, pots or pans, broken appliances, etc.