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West Nile virus found in Hillsborough County

The health department is warning residents of increasing mosquito activity.
Zach Marks, of Seminole, uses a mister-blower to distribute a cocktail of insecticides at a Dunedin property while abating mosquitoes with Mosquito Joe of Tampa Bay in Dunedin. The Florida Department of Health in Hillsborough County issued an advisory Tuesday after confirming a local transmission of the West Nile virus in a person.
Zach Marks, of Seminole, uses a mister-blower to distribute a cocktail of insecticides at a Dunedin property while abating mosquitoes with Mosquito Joe of Tampa Bay in Dunedin. The Florida Department of Health in Hillsborough County issued an advisory Tuesday after confirming a local transmission of the West Nile virus in a person. [ DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Tampa Bay Times ]
Published Nov. 10, 2020

A person in Hillsborough County contracted West Nile virus recently, according to the Florida Department of Health in Hillsborough County.

The health department issued an advisory for increased mosquito-borne diseases in the area. There is “heightened concern additional residents may become ill,” the advisory read.

West Nile virus is the leading cause of mosquito-borne disease in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Most people do not experience symptoms, but some may get body aches, fever or chills.

Precautions to avoid being bitten by mosquitos include draining standing water in garbage cans, old tires or other areas where rainwater could collect.

Health officials also recommend wearing long-sleeve clothing and using mosquito repellant.

Window screenings should also be repaired to avoid mosquitoes getting into the home, health officials said.