With a new one reported this month, Bay County now has three cases of the West Nile Virus.
Health departments also said people bitten by mosquitoes don't need to get tested for the virus because it's rare for people to get sick from mosquito bites. "And, there's about 1 in five people who may have mild illness and those symptoms include headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea, or rash". "Additional safety measures should be taken when in areas that mosquitoes are active, these include wearing long sleeve shirts, long trousers and mosquito repellent".
Health officials call it a reminder for residents to take precautions to protect themselves.
The disease is typically transmitted to humans through mosquitoes and is most common in August and September. "These new human cases illustrate why we informed people about the increased risk for human infections earlier this week".
Routine surveillance found evidence of the virus in late July, when a mosquito pool in Woodstock tested positive for the virus. In rare cases, more severe illness can occur. Use a repellent with DEET (N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide), permethrin, picaridin (KBR 3023), oil of lemon eucalyptus [p-methane 3, 8-diol (PMD)], or IR3535 according to the instructions on the product label. Keep mosquitoes outside by having tightly-fitting screens on all of your windows and doors. Mosquitoes can go from egg to adult in about a week during hot weather so it is important during this time to check for standing water on your property at least once or twice a week. The DOH says cover up if outside while mosquitoes are active with shoes, socks, long trousers and long sleeves.