JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- West Nile cases are multiplying in Duval County and public health officials say it is up to you to keep those numbers from growing.
"Right now we have five confirmed cases, and there is a possibility that we may see more," said Epidemiologist Vincey Samuel.
They may be small, but their bites can cause a lot of damage. And Vincey Samuel with public health wants to make sure everyone in Duval County protects themselves.
"We are seeing them in various zip codes across Duval County. So no matter where you are, the risk is there," she said.
The latest cases involve two men aged 35 and 52, and two women aged 41 and 54. But health officials say draining standing water and covering with repellent can help keep others from getting infected.
"They are awful with all the rain and sitting water everywhere. it's really bad," said Traci Byers. Mosquitoes only need a teaspoon of water to breed, and recent rain is making it easier for the disease to spread.
"Sudden spurts of storms, and then you see all the water everywhere. And it does, it makes it tough. You definitely have to use repellent," said Byers.
West Nile Virus symptoms include headache, fever, fatigue, dizziness, weakness and confusion. And doctors in Duval are testing everyone with signs.
"Regardless of your age, regardless of what your situation is, you really should take this seriously," said Samuel. Another way to keep yourself protected is by staying inside at dawn and dusk.