Holmes County confirms two human cases and Walton County confirms third human case of West Nile Virus

Published: Friday, November 16, 2012 at 01:12 PM.

WALTON AND HOLMES COUNTY — Today, Walton County Health Department Administrator, Holly B. Holt and Holmes County Health Department Administrator, Rick Davis announced that the Florida Department of Health (DOH) has issued a mosquito-borne illness alert for Holmes County where two human cases of West Nile Virus have been confirmed, with one case possibly having exposure in Walton County.  The mosquito-borne disease alert continues in Walton County where a third human case of West Nile Virus has been confirmed.  The possibility that others may become infected with the virus remains extremely high, and the health department strongly encourages the public to continue to take precautions to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes. 

Symptoms of West Nile Virus may include headache, fever, fatigue, dizziness, weakness and confusion.  Members of the public who develop a fever or other signs of illness should consult with their health care provider.  Health care providers should contact Walton or Holmes County Health Department if they suspect an individual may be infected with a mosquito-borne illness.

Both county health departments remind residents and visitors to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes.  County mosquito control offices and the health departments continue surveillance and prevention efforts and encourage everyone to take basic precautions to help limit exposure by following the Department of Health recommendations. 

To protect yourself from mosquitoes, you should remember to ‘DRAIN AND COVER.’

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.



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