Three new human West Nile virus (WNV) cases reported from Alachua (1) and Volusia (2) counties during the past week has brought the state’s total to 10 cases as of Oct. 4, according to the Florida Department of Health.

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Human WNV has now been reported from the following counties– Alachua (1), Escambia (2), Duval (1), Leon (1), Pasco (1), Polk (1) and three in Volusia County.

Nationally as of September 30, a total of 46 states and the District of Columbia have reported West Nile virus infections in people, birds, or mosquitoes. Overall, 1,177 cases of West Nile virus disease in people have been reported to CDC. Of these, 656 (56%) were classified as neuroinvasive disease (such as meningitis or encephalitis) and 521 (44%) were classified as non-neuroinvasive disease.

In addition to the newly confirmed West Nile virus cases, Florida also saw two new travel associated dengue fever cases and eight new imported chikungunya cases during the past week, bringing the total for each mosquito-borne viral infection to 62 and 260, respectively.

The locally acquired dengue fever and chikungunya cases in Florida remain unchanged at 5 and 11, respectively. For more infectious disease news and information, visit and “like” the Infectious Disease News Facebook page