Saturday, May 18 2013 6:59 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:59:02 GMT
Dougherty County police are searching for a motorist who hit a pedestrian and then fled the scene. Authorities say it happened around 11pm Friday near the 3900 block of Radium Springs Road. PoliceMore >>
Dougherty County police are searching for a motorist who hit a pedestrian and then fled the scene. More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:58 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:58:50 GMT
It's graduation time for high schools in Dougherty County and students are ready to embark on their next journey. 230 graduates received their high school diplomas from Westover Comprehensive High SchoolMore >>
230 graduates received their high school diplomas from Westover Comprehensive High School this Saturday morning.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:44 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:44:14 GMT
Investigators are trying to find some clues as to who took nearly two dozen cell phones from a Mitchell County School. Pictures of the Baconton Community Charter School file room show where students cellMore >>
Investigators are trying to find some clues as to who took nearly two dozen cell phones from a Mitchell County School.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 12:48 PM EDT2013-05-18 16:48:01 GMT
The family of an Albany teenager who died on Friday, isn't sure how they'll pay for her funeral. 16-year old Keyanna Lang died from a heart condition. Due to her illness the family couldn't keep lifeMore >>
The family of an Albany teenager who died on Friday, isn't sure how they'll pay for her funeral.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 8:00 AM EDT2013-05-18 12:00:09 GMT
In its effort to hire 10,000 new employees in May, Dollar General will host a career fair at Dollar General located at 2017 N Slappey Blvd. in Albany, Ga. on Saturday, May 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.More >>
The event is held as part of the major retailer's effort to hire 10,000 new employees in May...More >>
May 15, 2003
Nashville-- The Georgia Department of Public Health has confirmed three positive cases of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) in horses found in Berrien County.
EEE is inflammation or swelling of the brain caused by the eastern equine encephalitis virus. “The EEE virus is transmitted to horses and humans from the bites of infected mosquitoes; however, the illness is rare in humans,” says Lynne Feldman, MD, district health director for the South Health District. “The EEE virus normally only circulates between birds and mosquitoes in swampy areas. EEE is not transmitted from person to person, horse to horse or horse to human.”
Most people who are bitten by a mosquito carrying the EEE virus will not become sick. Those that are bitten and are infected will begin to show symptoms within 3 to 10 days. The symptoms are sudden onset of fever, muscle pains and headache; many will also experience more severe illness that may include seizures and coma.
EEE is one of the most serious types of viral encephalitis causing death in approximately 30% of persons infected. There is no specific treatment or vaccine to protect humans from the virus. However, doctors can treat symptoms of illnesses such as swelling of the brain, seizures and breathing complications.
There is a vaccination available for horses from veterinarians that help protect them from the virus. Citizens should do all they can to protect themselves and their families from the bites of mosquitoes. Repellants with DEET provide excellent protection while outdoors. Remember that DEET should not be used on infants and instructions for use for adults is contained in the packaging.
Avoid prolonged exposure outdoors during mosquito breeding times. If you must be outdoors, wear long sleeves and long pants to protect yourself. Any containers that can collect water should be discarded or dumped daily.
Watering pans for pets and birdbaths should be emptied and cleaned at least twice a week or more. Swimming pools and outdoor spas should have proper treatment and filtration systems. Check window and door screens for holes to help keep mosquitoes from entering your home.
Widespread spraying of insecticides over an entire county can be very expensive and is generally not effective. The Berrien County Commissioners have authorized targeted spraying in the areas where horses have been confirmed positive for EEE. Targeted spraying may be beneficial but personal protection is the most important means of protection.
For more information on EEE or any other mosquito borne diseases call the district office at 229-333-5290 or toll free at 866-801-5360.
Information is also available on the Georgia Division of Public Health website or the Centers for Disease Control website .