MARIANNA, Fla. Due to a recently confirmed horse case of West Nile Virus (WNV), located on Bethlehem Rd., South of Cottondale, the Department of Health in Jackson County is encouraging residents and visitors to take a number of steps to protect themselves against mosquitoes.
The state monitors animals as sentinels for arboviruses, including Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) virus, West Nile (WN) virus and St. Louis encephalitis (SLE) virus, to determine if any of those three viruses are present in the community.
The Florida Department of Health and Agriculture and Consumer Services, along with other state and local agencies, are working to detect the viruses spread by mosquitoes to humans or animals. Mosquito-borne infections in people can cause headache, fever, dizziness, confusion, movement disorders and coma.
For more information on mosquito-borne diseases, please visit DOH’s Environmental Health web site http://www.doh.state.fl.us/Environment/medicine/arboviral/index.html the CDC web site www.cdc.gov, call the West Nile Virus Hotline at 1-888-880-5782, or contact your local county health department.