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Third West Nile Virus Case Confirmed In Bay County

A mosquito on a person's skin

With a new one reported this month, Bay County now has three cases of the West Nile Virus. Health officials are urging residents to be cautious of the mosquito-borne illness.

Bay County health spokeswoman Heather Kretzer says eight out of 10 people who have West Nile will have no symptoms at all.

“So, in those particular cases, there’s not really a need to worry about anything, but the reason why we send the alert is because of the people who could potentially get ill,” she said. “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.”

Kretzer says older residents with serious medical conditions, like cancer and diabetes, should especially be careful and take proper precautions to avoid mosquitoes. That includes covering your skin with clothing or mosquito repellent, removing any nearby standing water, and covering doors and windows with screens to keep mosquitoes out of your house.

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Sascha Cordner has more than ten years of public radio experience. It includes working at NPR member station WUFT-FM in Gainesville for several years. She's worked in both radio and TV, serving in various capacities as a reporter, producer and anchor. She's also a graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in telecommunications. She is the recipient of 15 awards from the Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), and Edward R. Murrow. Her award-winning stories include her coverage on the infamous “Dozier School for Boys” and a feature titled "Male Breast Cancer: Lost in the Sea of Pink." Currently, Sascha serves as the host and producer of local and state news content for the afternoon news program "All Things Considered" at WFSU. Sascha primarily covers criminal justice and social services issues. When she's not reporting, Sascha likes catching up on her favorite TV shows, singing and reading. Follow Sascha Cordner on Twitter:@SaschaCordner.