Health officials in Duval County, Florida are reporting a human case of West Nile virus (WNV), the first in the county this year.

Duval County, Florida Image/David Benbennick
Duval County, Florida
Image/David Benbennick

Earlier this month, health officials issued an advisory after several sentinel chicken flocks have tested positive for West Nile virus.

The City of Jacksonville Mosquito Control division and DOH-Duval continue surveillance and prevention efforts.

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Human WNV cases have been reported from Bay and Nassau counties, in addition to Duval.

The Florida Department of Health reports positive samples from one crow, eighteen mosquito pools, and one hundred eighteen sentinel chickens have been reported from fifteen counties through Aug. 18.

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As of August 21, 2018, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports 231 cases of West Nile virus disease in people. Of these, 133 (58%) were classified as neuroinvasive disease (such as meningitis or encephalitis) and 98 (42%) were classified as non-neuroinvasive disease.




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