Mosquito spraying planned in Dublin after positive West Nile Virus test

Elias Hubbard
July 18, 2017

The resident is being treated in Dougherty County.

The Mississippi State Department of Heath reported its third human case of West Nile virus for the year. Wednesday's DEP report listed Hampden Township in Cumberland County as one of the nearby positive samples.

West Nile virus is usually prevalent from May through October when mosquitoes are most abundant.

The first human case of the mosquito-borne virus was reported in the county last month, about three weeks earlier than the first case past year.

The Department of Public Health said that Georgia typically sees six to 10 cases of West Nile Virus per year. TCPH said around 20 percent of those infected "will develop a fever with other symptoms such as headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea or rash".

The death involved a senior adult with underlying medical conditions. Of those, fewer than 1 percent develop the severe neuroinvasive form that can lead to hospitalization, critical illness, chronic disability or death.

Mosquitoes are most active on warm evenings and between dusk and dawn. When outdoors, no matter what time of day, adjust your dress accordingl and wear insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus as your first line of defense against insect bites.

Eliminate standing water in gutters, planters, toys, wheelbarrows and old tires.

Make sure that doors and windows have tight fitting screens. Ultra-Low Volume "fogging" by truck-mounted ULV equipment will continue to be the District's response to elevated "Culex" species, West Nile virus vectors, Burnett said.

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