Human case of West Nile Virus confirmed in Bay County

Source: MGN Online

BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Health officials confirmed a human case of West Nile Virus in Bay County on Wednesday.

The Florida Department of Health (FDOH) in Bay County says there is an increased risk that more residents will become sick.

The health department previously issued a mosquito-borne illness alert on September 7, following mosquito pools and sentinel chickens testing positive for the virus. A mosquito-borne illness advisory, a step down from the alert, was also issued on July 5.

Entomologists with the FDOH aren't extremely concerned, but say you should be alert. Don't forget to put mosquito repellent on your skin and clothes.

They say protect the young and the elderly in particular, and as far as symptoms from West Nile Virus go, it just depends.

"Some people are not symptomatic at all," Connie Bane said on behalf of the FDOH. "Some may be real mild like fever, flu-like symptoms. The ones we hear about a lot are the ones that may have more neurological symptoms that they'll up in the hospital. If you have a fever, severe headache, or something unusual, you should always check with your primary care physician."