Although chikungunya has been getting a lot of press lately, it isn’t the only mosquito-borne illness threatening Floridians. With five confirmed cases of West Nile virus reported last year, and another recent confirmed case in Volusia County, knowing how to protect oneself from Florida mosquitoes is crucial in the remaining hot months. While the elderly are at a greater risk for West Nile virus “only about 1-in-5 people who are infected develop symptoms, which include fever, headache and body aches, and a few of those who are sickened develop a more serious illness that is sometimes fatal”, said Dr. Amy Vittor of the University of Florida Health’s infectious disease division.
Using insect repellent on exposed skin, wearing long sleeves and pants when outdoors, and eliminating any stagnant water where mosquitoes can breed are just some measures you can take to keep your family safe from mosquito-borne illnesses like West Nile virus and chikungunya. Check out this article from The Daytona Beach News Journal for more details.