Health department confirms two cases of West Nile
PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. (CBS12) —
The Health Department confirmed two cases of West Nile in just two months in Palm Beach County.
The first case appeared in Jupiter Farms and the second one happened in Belle Glade.
Despite the virus confirmations, the Medical Director at the Free Standing Emergency Department for Delray Medical says there is no need to panic. He says only one in 150 people will experience symptoms from West Nile.
“Severe headache, stiff neck,” Dr. Henry Wagner explained. “More of a stupor or coma-like presentation.”
However, some families aren’t taking any chances. Joan McMath lives in Jupiter Farms and says her world revolves around her six grandkids.
“Grandma’s my name and spoiling is my game,” McMath laughed. “I told all of them they should spray with ‘Off!’ you know every time they go out.”
She says the problem hits close to home because an 80-year-old family member of hers caught the West Nile virus while gardening in California.
“He had some loss of cognition after that,” McMath said, “So I’m worried.”
Delray Medical recommends prevention methods like clearing the standing water around your house and using bug spray.