At least one person has tested positive for the West Nile virus, according to the Lee County Department of Health.
West Nile virus is transmitted to humans by an infected mosquito bite. The DOH first issued a mosquito-borne disease advisory on September 26, noting an increase in mosquito-borne disease activity close to Lee County. Many sentinel chicken herds 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 ill. According to DOH, about 20% of people are infected who develop fever and other symptoms such as headaches, pain, and fatigue.
People with mild illness usually recover within a week. Less than 1% of those infected develop a serious, sometimes fatal disease.
As a precaution, Lee County DOH is reminding residents to “drain and drain” so as to minimize the risk. Residents are also being advised to cover the skin with cloth and repellent.
The Lee County Mosquito Control District will treat some areas beginning Monday evening. To see their treatment program, click here.