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Human cases of West Nile Virus confirmed in Clay, Nassau

More residents could become ill, Florida Department of Health says

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GREEN COVE SPRINGS, Fla. – A human case of West Nile Virus has been confirmed in Green Cove Springs and Nassau County, the Florida Department of Health said Friday. This is the third case in Nassau and the first in Clay. 

Nassau County remains under a mosquito-borne illness alert.

There is a heightened concern that additional residents will become ill in Clay County.

Clay County Mosquito Control and DOH-Clay continue surveillance and prevention efforts, DOH said. 

Below is a list of "drain and cover" measures you can follow at home:

  • Drain water from garbage cans, house gutters, buckets, pool covers, coolers, toys, flower pots or any other containers where sprinkler or rain water collects
  • Discard old tires, drums, bottles, cans, pots, pans, broken appliances and other items that you are not currently using
  • Empty and clean bird baths and your pets' water bowls at least once or twice a week
  • Protect boats and vehicles from rain with tarps that don't collect water
  • Maintain swimming pools and keep tabs on their chlorine levels.
  • Cover the surface of your skin by wearing shoes, socks, long pants and long sleeves when going outside
  • Apply mosquito repellent to any your clothes and any exposed skin. Look for repellents with DEET, picardin, oil of lemon and eucalyptus, as they're more effective.
  • Protect children who are younger than two months old by covering them with mosquito netting when they go outside.

About the Author:

Carianne Luter is a social media producer for News4Jax and has worked at Channel 4 since December 2015. She graduated from the University of North Florida with a degree in communications.