Florida Department Of Health Issues Mosquito-Borne Illness Alert

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Mosquito-Borne Illness

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Florida Department of Health Surgeon General Ana M. Viamonte issued a medical alert for Bay County. Two human cases of West Nile virus (WNV) encephalitis/fever have been confirmed in Bay County residents, and there is a heightened concern that additional residents may become ill. The most recent case involves an adult female resident.

Symptoms of West Nile virus (WNV) infection, St. Louis Encephalitis (SLE), and Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) may include headache, fever, fatigue, dizziness, weakness and confusion. Physicians should contact their county health department if they suspect an individual may have a mosquito-borne illness. DOH laboratories provide testing services for physicians treating patients with clinical signs of mosquito-borne diseases.

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