JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Duval County Health Department says a 62-year-old woman has contracted the West Nile Virus.
This case is the first in Duval County since 2011. The Health Department did not release when or exactly where the woman may have come into contact with the infection.
The mosquito-bourne illness can not be spread from person to person. Some of the symptoms include, fever, rash, headache, fatigue, weakness and dizziness.
Authorities want to remind people to protect themselves by eliminating places where mosquitoes breed near their homes. That includes draining standing water from garbage cans, flower pots, and gutters. Using repellant when you are outdoors will also help prevent the spread of West Nile.
For more information on mosquito-borne illnesses, visit DOH's Environmental Public Health website at http://www.doh.state.fl.us/Environment/medicine/arboviral/index.html or call your DCHD at 904-253-1850.