Florida Country in West Nile Virus Warning

STUART, Fla., Oct. 1 (UPI) — Health officials in Martin County, Fla., have issued a mosquito advisory after two more farm animals tested positive for the West Nile virus, authorities said.

The tests come after three animals tested positive earlier in the month, TCPalm.com reported Friday.

Health officials advised residents and visitors to take precautions, such as wearing clothes that cover most of their skin and applying mosquito repellent, against being bitten by mosquitoes.

Horse owners were urged to vaccinate their animals.

West Nile virus infection can cause mild to severe illness in humans, including headache, fever, pain and fatigue, health officials said.

Mosquitoes can spread the infection although human cases are rare, they said.

“We’ve never had a human case in this area,” Bob Washam, the health department’s environmental health director, said.

The county has been spraying mosquito-breeding areas along the coast and in western Martin County, mosquito control manager Gene Lemire said.

“We are expecting possibly an increase due to this rain that we’ve just had,” Lemire said.

“All summer long, we’ve been urging residents to take precautions against mosquitoes,” Renay Rouse, a Health Department spokeswoman, said. “The mosquitoes are here, they’re carrying the diseases.”

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