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Fifth West Nile Virus Case Confirmed In Bay County

A mosquito on a person's skin

There’s now another case of the West Nile Virus in Bay County, bringing the total to five.

Bay County health officials first confirmed two cases in July, and then two more in August.

And, officials add this additional case is increasing their concern for residents, who can contract the disease from mosquitoes.

Symptoms can range from high fever and headache to a coma and paralysis.

Health officials encourage everyone to drain any standing water from inside and outside their home. Those are places where mosquitoes particularly like to breed.

Officials also urge residents to cover their skin with clothing or repellent.

Local health officials as well as mosquito control officials say they’re continuing to monitor the situation and taking preventative measures as well.

For more news updates, follow Sascha Cordner on Twitter: @SaschaCordner.

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.