West Nile Virus Confirmed in Lee County

West Nile Virus Confirmed in Lee County

LEE COUNTY: Health officials confirmed a case of West Nile virus in Lee County – the first case of the year. Now, they’re worried about your kids this Halloween weekend.

Dusk in Southwest Florida is a time when mosquitoes are the most active.

“It’s getting a little cooler and dryer but the mosquitoes are not gone,” said Judith Hartner with the Lee County Health Department.

The itchy, annoying bugs made one Fort Myers man very sick with West Nile virus.

“He’s had many opportunities to be exposed to mosquitoes,” Hartner said.

The man is an outdoorsman. He recently went on two hunting trips outside of Lee County. Because of that officials don’t know exactly where he contracted the virus, but they’re doing everything they can to find out.

The Lee County Mosquito Control District set up traps near the man’s home to catch the bugs and then test them for the virus.

Mosquito Control will also spray repellant near his home.

“We will probably have a truck in that area before the weekend just to take extra precautions for our trick-or-treaters,” said Shelly Redovan, with Mosquito Control.

And trick or treat is a concern because that’s when thousands of kids will be outside at dusk – when the mosquitoes like to eat.

So if you are going to be outside, the health department recommends using the 5 Ds:

Dusk and Dawn: Avoid being outdoors when mosquitoes are seeking blood.

Dress: Wear clothing that covers most of your skin.

DEET: When the potential exists for exposure to mosquitoes, repellents containing up to 30 percent DEET (N, N-diethyl-meta-toluamide) are recommended. Other effective mosquito repellents include picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, and IR3535.

Drainage: Check around your home to rid the area of standing water, where mosquitoes lay eggs.

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One Response to “West Nile Virus Confirmed in Lee County”

  1. Keith Says:

    Just when you thought it was safe to go outside again. Well it is Halloween and the little blood suckers are everywhere… Happy Halloween everyone, BOO!!!

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