West Nile

Florida Department of Health

Panama City Beach area chickens have tested positive for West Nile Virus and two horses in Jefferson have contracted Eastern Equine Encephalitis. The Florida Department of Health is warning the viruses are transmitted through mosquito bites.

Bay County Health Department officials want residents to take precautionary measures to avoid mosquito-borne illnesses. Officials warn recent heavy rains in the area are likely to result in increased mosquito activity over the next few weeks.

The department's Assistant Director Sandon Speedling says one way residents can avoid getting a mosquito borne-illness is to remember the phrase “Drain and Cover.”

The Florida Department of Health has issued a mosquito-borne illness alert for Leon County. Health officials have confirmed a second case of the West Nile Virus—this time, in a homeless man.

“Basically, we have an individual, 60-years-old who traveled between Leon County and Wakulla County, and at the time, was homeless and sleeping outside, who came down, and was diagnosed with West Nile Virus," said Leon County Health Department Administrator Homer Rice.

"He was hospitalized at Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare and is currently recovering.”

Mosquitos A Health Risk In Fla. Panhandle

Sep 13, 2012

Mosquitos are making people and animals in the Florida Panhandle sick. A new case of West Nile Virus in Gadsden Co. and three Leon Co. horses with a deadly mosquito-borne illness have health officials reminding everyone to protect themselves against getting bitten.The horses have contracted the usually fatal Eastern Equine Encephalitis, which can also infect people.Even though the weather’s been a tiny bit cooler and drier lately, Leon Co.