Central Florida woman contracts West Nile virus

By The Associated Press | Posted - Sep. 15, 2014 at 8:31 a.m.



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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Health officials are urging people in Volusia County to take extra precautions after a 34-year-old woman contracted the mosquito-borne West Nile virus.

The Florida Department of Health announced Monday that the virus has been confirmed by the state laboratory. The disease is most commonly transmitted to humans by mosquitoes and officials say there are no medications to treat West Nile.

Officials say most people infected with West Nile have no symptoms, while about one in five people develop a fever and other symptoms. Less than one percent of those infected develop a serious neurologic illness.

Volusia County has been under a mosquito-borne illness advisory since June after Easter equine encephalitis was confirmed in three horses and several sentinel chickens.

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