The Santa Rosa County Health Department has received confirmation of the county's first case of West Nile Virus.
The possibility that other individuals may become infected with the virus is extremely high. Santa Rosa Mosquito Control is continuing to spray and the health department encourages the public to continue to take precautions to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes.
"As our neighboring counties began to see confirmed cases, we fully expected that we would begin to see them as well," said Sandra Park-O'Hara, A.R.N.P., administrator of the Santa Rosa County Health Department. "People need to be aware that the virus is present in our area, and continue to take precautions."
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