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West Nile human case confirmed in Hillsborough

TAMPA, Florida - Officials with the Hillsborough County Health Department are asking people to protect themselves from mosquitoes this Labor Day weekend.

This comes after they confirmed the first human case of West Nile Virus in the county since 2004.

Officials said a 60-year-old man who lives in the eastern part of the county was most likely infected the first week of August and is recovering. Experts said all of the recent rain and standing water created more mosquitoes around the Bay area. Mosquitoes can lay their eggs in as little as an inch of standing water.

Experts want everyone to do what they can to avoid being bitten. They said use insect repellent, wear long sleeve shirts and pants when mosquitoes are active, and drain standing water from any items around your home.  Health officials said if you think you may be infected, go to a doctor.

"If you show any signs or symptoms of headache, fever, stiff neck. Those type of early signs and symptoms, aching joints, then you want to make sure you seek medical attention immediately, said Warren McDougle, with the Hillsborough County Health Department.

McDougle said most mild cases of West Nile can go unnoticed. And many of those infected should recover within weeks. More severe cases could need drug treatment. The virus is not transmitted from human to human.


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