West Nile Virus in Miami-Dade County

The Florida Department of Health has issued a mosquito-borne illness alert after a resident was confirmed positive with West Nile Virus this weekend. This is the first case of West Nile virus in 2020 according to health officials.

Symptoms of West Nile virus can show up 2 to 14 days after being bitten by a mosquito and some people who are infected can develop fever, headaches, pain and fatigue. Less than 1% of infected people develop a serious or fatal illness.

Florida Health officials are advising residents to check their yards or outdoor space and "Drain and Cover" any standing water, to prevent mosquitoes from breeding. With the rainy season about to start in South Florida, it's not a bad time to stock up on mosquito repellent as well.

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