LEE COUNTY, Fla. – At least one person has tested positive for the West Nile Virus, according to the Lee County Department of Health.
The West Nile Virus is spread to humans by the bite of an infected mosquito. The DOH first released a mosquito-borne disease counselor on Sept. 26, citing an increase in mosquito-borne disease activity near Lee County. Many poultry keepers tested positive for the virus, but no human cases were reported at the time.
Most people infected with the West Nile Virus do not feel sick. Nearly 20% of infected people develop fever and other symptoms such as headaches, pain, and fatigue, according to the DOH.
People with mild illness usually recover within a week. Less than 1% of infected people develop serious, sometimes fatal diseases.
As a precaution, the Lee County DOH reminds residents to “drain and cover” to help limit exposure. Residents are also advised to cover their skin clothes and drive away.
The Lee County Mosquito Control District will treat some areas starting Monday night. To see their treatment schedule, click here.