The Florida Department of Health in Lee County is issuing an alert for an increase in mosquito-borne disease activity.
According to a news release, sentinel chickens in Lee County have tested positive for West Nile Virus infection.
The risk of transmission to humans has also increased, DOH-Lee said.
No human cases of West Nile Virus have been reported in Lee County at this time.
Lee County Mosquito Control District and DOH-Lee continue surveillance and prevention efforts, DOH-Lee said.
The Department continues to conduct statewide surveillance for mosquito-borne illnesses, including West Nile virus infections, Eastern equine encephalitis, St. Louis encephalitis, malaria, chikungunya and dengue.
Residents of Florida are encouraged to report dead birds via the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s site.
DOH-Lee said to protect yourself from mosquitoes, you should remember to “Drain and Cover”:
DRAIN standing water to stop mosquitoes from multiplying.
COVER skin with clothing or repellent.
Tips on Repellent Use
COVER doors and windows with screens to keep mosquitoes out of your house.
Source: The Florida Department of Health in Lee County.