Mosquito-borne West Nile virus takes a life

FORT MYERS, Fla. — A southwest Florida man has died and another was hospitalized after contracting the mosquito-borne West Nile virus.

Collier County health officials urged residents Friday to use mosquito-repellent.

Symptoms include fever, rash, headache, fatigue, weakness and dizziness.

Officials encourage residents to protect themselves by avoiding the outdoors at dusk and dawn, when the bugs are more active; wear clothing that covers most of your skin; and use mosquito repellent with DEET. Also check around your home to get rid of standing water, where mosquitoes lay eggs.

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