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Calming West Nile fears

November 4, 2003

Albany - The City may trim trees and shrubs to stop mosquitos from thriving in an area of South Albany where two people contracted West Nile Virus.

Both victims lived about two blocks south of Oglethorpe, downtown. One of them died.

Tuesday, Commissioners asked for clarification on exactly how the virus is spread. With hunting season underway, some fear that eating an infected animal can transfer the virus. Birds carry West Nile and mosquitos transfer it to people or animals.

"With proper cooking and pasteurization, people have nothing to worry about," said Mel Jones, with the Environmental Health Department.

Three people who live in the part of South Albany where the virus was found took blood tests. The tests were negative.

Posted at 3:50PM by kathryn.murchison@walb.com