Miami-Dade resident infected with West Nile virus
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MIAMI (WSVN) -- The Miami-Dade County Health Department has issued a mosquito-borne illness advisory after a 27-year-old man was infected with the West Nile virus.
The advisory has been issued for Miami-Dade County after the health department said the male resident contracted the virus. Officials said the man has since fully recovered. Dr. Vincent Conte of the Miami-Dade County Health Department said, "The person was sick for several days before he sought medical care, once he sought medical care, he was in the hospital again for several days and recovered completely from his infection."
Health officials want to remind residents and visitors to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes. The Miami-Dade County Mosquito Control Division and the health department urge everyone to take precautions to help limit exposure to the virus.
The Miami-Dade Health Department recommend residents to drain any standing water from either garbage cans, buckets or toys. Also, maintain swimming pools and appropriately chlorinate the water inside. "In the homes, if we have areas full of water where mosquitos could breed, then we're defeating the purpose, so it's very important to drain them properly," said Dr. Lillian Rivera of the Miami-Dade County Health Department.
Health officials also recommend residents cover their skin with clothing and repellent and cover their doors and windows with screens, which will keep mosquitoes out of houses.
Some symptoms of the West Nile virus disease may include headache, fever, fatigue, dizziness, weakness and confusion. "We just want people to be aware of the symptoms they may be experiencing if, for some reason, they do get bit by a lot of mosquitoes at one particular time," Conte said.
The Mosquito Control Department will also be out in certain areas to spray pesticide that targets mosquitoes.
Tips from the Miami-Dade County Health Department Website:
- Drain water from garbage cans, buckets, pool covers, coolers, toys, flowerpots or any other containers where sprinkler or rainwater has collected.
- Discarded old tires, drums, bottles, cans, pots and pans, broken appliances and other items that aren't being used.
- Empty and clean birdbaths and pet's water bowls at least once or twice a week.
- Protect boats and vehicles from rain with tarps that don't accumulate water.
- Maintain swimming pools in good condition and appropriately chlorinated. Empty plastic swimming pools when not in use.
- CLOTHING - If you must be outside when mosquitoes are active, cover up. Wear shoes, socks, long pants and long sleeves.
- REPELLENT - Apply mosquito repellent to bare skin and clothing. Always use repellents according to the label. Repellents with 10-30% DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, and IR3535 are effective.
- Use mosquito netting to protect children younger than 2 months old.
- Keep mosquitoes out of your house. Repair broken screening on windows, doors, porches, and patios.
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