Health officials identify human case of West Nile virus

News media contact:
Wendy Jackson
public relations specialist

Daytona Beach, Florida– The Florida Department of Health in Volusia County (DOH-Volusia) today notified residents of increased mosquito-borne disease activity in Volusia County. Human cases of West Nile virus have been confirmed, raising concerns that more residents may become ill.

Most people do not develop symptoms, but 1 in 5 may experience headaches, body aches, joint pain, diarrhea, or a rash. People of any age can become seriously ill, but people over the age of 60 are at higher risk. Symptoms of severe illness include high fever, a stiff neck, shivering, muscle weakness, and poor vision.

The peak season for transmission in Florida is July through September, but mosquito-borne diseases can be transmitted throughout the fall.West Nile virus in wild birds Culex pipiens mosquito. Occasionally, infected mosquitoes bite humans and animals (especially horses), causing disease. Culex pipiens have been known to sting from dusk until dawn.

Volusia County Mosquito Control and DOH-Volusia continue monitoring and prevention efforts. Residents and visitors should take basic precautions to avoid mosquito bites, including:

  • drain Store water to deter mosquito breeding.
  • cover Wipe skin with clothing or insect repellent (DEET is preferred).
  • cover Doors and windows with screens to keep mosquitoes out of your home. (See media release dated August 12)

DOH continues statewide surveillance for mosquito-borne illnesses, including West Nile virus, Eastern Equine Encephalitis, St. Louis Encephalitis, Malaria, and Dengue Fever. For more information about mosquito-borne illnesses, visit the Florida Department of Health online or call the Florida Department of Health in Volusia County at (386) 274-0694.

About the Florida Department of Health

This department works to protect, promote, and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county, and community efforts.

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