In Leon County there hasn’t been many cases of people contracting the West Nile Virus but residents should still protect themselves. Residents are not only being urged to protect themselves, but farm animals as well. The Eastern Equine Encephalitis also known as the triple E virus has been discovered. The virus was found in York County at a farm in Lebanon.
Dr. Homer Rice, an administrator at the Health Department said, “It’s some evidence that the virus is in the area and need to be taken precaution so that horses don’t get sick. Farmers can eliminate mosquito breeding by having mosquito control spray in the area where horses are treated, so that if there are pools of water mosquito breed in they can be treated so the larvae don’t hatch out.”
There are several ways to prevent contracting the virus such as wearing clothes that cover the shin entirely if outside for a lengthy period of time, as well as using mosquito repellent.