A 9th case of West Nile Virus in Duval county has been confirmed in a 79-year-old woman, according to the Duval County Health Department.
Only one person has died this year of West Nile Virus. A 64-year-old woman died earlier in August due to West Nile Virus.
About 1 in 150 people infected with West Nile experience severe symptoms and illness. Those at highest risk are the elderly, the very young, and those with weak immune systems. Symptoms include fever, neck stiffness, headache, disorientation, and weakness.
The DCHD continues to advise people to take precautions against West Nile Virus, especially in remembering to "drain and cover." This means draining all standing water from things like trash cans, bird baths, and anything else that might collect water. Also remember to cover your skin with long sleeves or pants when going outside, especially at dawn or dusk. Use bug repellant, preferrably something that has DEET in it for the best protection.