West Nile Virus cases reported in Middle Georgia, according to health district

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West Nile virus, first identified in Uganda, was initially detected in the United States in New York City in 1999 and was found in MA the next year. According to the release, four out of five people infected have no symptoms, and usually do not require treatment. The person became ill in early August while on a cross country road trip and was hospitalized. The person was hospitalized and is recovering.

Chris Cookman, owner of Mosquito Joe in Bolingbroke, wasn't surprised when he heard reports of the West Nile Virus in Middle Georgia.

They can not be transmitted from human to human or animal to human. The mosquitoes then infect the humans and animals they bite, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

These are the conditions when mosquitoes are most actively biting.

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DRESS APPROPRIATELY-Wear long-sleeved shirts, long trousers, and socks.

When you are outdoors, use insect repellent containing an EPA-registered active ingredient on skin and clothing, including DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or IR3535.

Mosquitoes will be around for another few months, so it's important to take the extra precautionary measures needed to protect yourself and your family. Also, any holes in screen doors or windows should be fixed so that bugs can not find their way inside.

- Drain artificial sources of standing water where you live, work and play.

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In a statement, IDPH Director Nirav Shah M.D., J.D. says that while the end of summer is nearing, "West Nile virus remains a risk until the first hard frost".

"West Nile is widespread throughout the United States right now", said state epidemiologist Dr. Siiri Bennett. The virus replicates in birds, which act as natural reservoirs for the disease.

As we progress through the sultry days of the latest heat-spell, Islanders, along with all MA residents, are encouraged to do whatever they can to avoid being bitten.

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