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West Nile Virus

West Nile Virus (WNV) is the leading cause of mosquito-borne disease in the U.S. and is spread by the bite of an infected mosquito. The peak season in Florida is July- September. Florida Department of Health in Broward County (http://broward.floridahealth.gov/) has confirmed a locally-acquired case of WNV. There are no vaccines to prevent or medications to treat the WNV. Symptoms include headaches, pain, fatigue and typically appear 2-14 days after the bite from an infected mosquito. People over 60 and/or individuals with weakened immune-systems have a higher risk for severe disease. BE PROACTIVE: drain water, cover up, and apply repellent.

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