First ever Charlotte County case of West Nile Virus confirmed

First ever Charlotte County case of West Nile Virus confirmed

As a result, the department has issued a mosquito-borne illness advisory as a precaution to residents and visitors.

The agency said the total number of cases was a 3.4-fold increase compared to the entire season previous year.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, most people infected with West Nile Virus do not have symptoms.

Visit the DCPH West Nile Virus website for additional information including mosquito maps, latest news, and facts about WNV.

When Fruge was diagnosed it marked the first time that West Nile Virus was recorded in Lafayette this year.

State epidemiologist Dr. Rauol Ratard has stated over the years that most people who contract West Nile virus never feel a thing, but if you get the more severe form, the neuroinvasive type it can lead to several complications including neurological problems and in some cases death.

Hendry and Glades Counties remain on the list as among those to have never reported a single case of West Nile Virus.

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For others, symptoms may occur within 2 to 15 days after infection.

Monitoring for West Nile virus includes laboratory tests for mosquito batches, dead crows, blue jays, and robins, as well as testing humans with West Nile virus-like symptoms.

Symptoms of severe infection include a headache, high fever, stiff neck, and/or tremors and muscle weakness.

Use Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellents.

- Always cover doors and windows with screens and fix screens that are damaged. Fix or replace screens that have tears or other openings. The local health department or city government may be able to add larvicide to the water, which will kill any mosquito eggs.

- Empty children's wading pools at least once per week and store them indoors when not in use.

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