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Parma resident tests positive for West Nile virus

The statement added that, to date, 52 pools or batches of mosquitoes and one bird have tested positive for West Nile virus in 2017. The individual may have been bitten in another location, so the is conducting additional trapping to help determine if infected mosquitoes are in the area. West Nile fever is a less serious form of the illness, although the symptoms can last a long time, according to health officials.

In a press release, he said, "Most people who contract West Nile virus show no symptoms at all, or show mild symptoms, and will recover without a visit to the doctor".

Since 2002, 59 confirmed cases of West Nile virus have been reported in Lake County along with two confirmed deaths. The pools are then tested in labs, and if they test positive, Hougaard said his crews go and spray those areas.

Culex mosquitoes are the primary carriers of West Nile virus. In a very small number of cases, West Nile virus has been spread through blood transfusions; organ transplants; and from mother to baby during pregnancy, delivery or breastfeeding. Escambia County Mosquito Control Division and FDOH-Escambia continue surveillance and prevention efforts, but want to ensure residents and visitors are aware and take proper precautions to prevent mosquito bites.

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The higher risk group includes people over age 60, and people with chronic diseases such as cancer or heart disease, and symptoms can include fever, headache, body aches and rash. No symptoms in most people.

- Use insect repellent containing DEET, Picaridin, IR3535, or PMD. "All residents should take steps to prevent bites, such as use repellent and take extra care during peak mosquito-biting hours between dusk and dawn". More mosquitoes, means more problems for you.

To protect yourself from the virus, it's recommended you wear light-coloured trousers and a long-sleeved shirt when outside.

Dispose of water-holding containers, such as ceramic pots, used tires, and tire swings. Empty any unused flowerpots and wading pools, and change water in birdbaths frequently.

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