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The Albany Water Gas and light commission is preparing customers for a change that starts soon for those who pay with debit or credit cards. WG&L leaders say the utility is paying $20,000 dollars a monthMore >>
The Albany Water Gas and light commission is preparing customers for a change that starts soon for those who pay with debit or credit cards.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 11:41 PM EDT2013-06-20 03:41:18 GMT
An Albany man who was born when Woodrow Wilson was president celebrated his birthday today. Century Pines Assisted Living Center threw a party for resident Charles Walker who turned 101 today. Walker wasMore >>
An Albany man who was born when Woodrow Wilson was president celebrated his birthday today.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 11:34 PM EDT2013-06-20 03:34:54 GMT
For years, the area right across the street from the RiverQuarium has been rundown, but that's changing. A couple of businesses are thriving there. The new art park is open, and a sidewalk improvementMore >>
For years, the area right across the street from the RiverQuarium has been rundown, but that's changing.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 11:20 PM EDT2013-06-20 03:20:33 GMT
Downtown Albany leaders are looking for ways to make sure the Flint Riverquarium remains an important part of downtown for years to come. Tonight, The Albany Dougherty Inner City Authority board began discussionsMore >>
Downtown Albany leaders are looking for ways to make sure the Flint Riverquarium remains an important part of downtown for years to come.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 6:51 PM EDT2013-06-19 22:51:07 GMT
Ravi Mikel Givens was arrested Tuesday and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. He is being held in the Dougherty County jail. Givens, who played ball at Westover and StetsonMore >>
Agents say that police responded to the apartment because of a burglar alarm. Officers found the back door broken open and went inside. That's where they detected a strong odor of marijuana, and saw pot in plain view.More >>
September 13, 2005 from SW Ga. Public Health
ALBANY, Ga., -- The Georgia Division of Public Health has confirmed that a mosquito pool in Dougherty County tested positive for West Nile Vvirus. This is the first time West Nile has been identified in Dougherty County this year. To date, no human infections of West Nile have been identified in the Southwest Health District.
West Nile virus is a potentially serious mosquito-transmitted arbovirus disease that can cause illness or death. Most people who are infected with the disease do not have symptoms. Others may experience mild or flu-like symptoms such as headache, fever, nausea, vomiting, swollen lymph glands, and rash.
A small number of people infected may develop serious illnesses like meningitis (swelling of the membrane surrounding the spinal cord) or encephalitis (swelling of the brain).
"We are moving into a time of year when we can expect more mosquitoes, and thus a higher risk of mosquito borne disease," said Susan Reyher, Director, Dougherty County Environmental Health. "Personal protection steps are even more important now than they have been due to the season and the knowledge that one pool of mosquitoes has tested positive for West Nile virus."
Residents of Dougherty County can also significantly reduce the number of mosquitoes around their homes, and their risk of contracting a mosquito-borne illness by practicing a few simple mosquito prevention and control techniques.
Such measures should be taken to lessen the number of mosquitoes around your home:
Eliminate any standing water that collects on your property.
Remove all discarded tires from your property and dispose of them properly.
Dispose of tin cans, plastic containers, ceramic pots, or similar water-holding containers.
Do not use saucers under your outdoor potted plants.
Cover or apply larvicide to water barrels.
Pick up trash.
Make sure roof gutters drain properly. Clean clogged gutters in the Spring and Fall.
Clean and chlorinate swimming pools, outdoor saunas and hot tubs. If not in use, keep empty and covered.
Drain water from pool covers.
Change the water in birdbaths and animal water dishes at least every three or four days.
Turn over plastic wading pools and wheelbarrows when not in use.
Remind or help neighbors to eliminate mosquito-breeding sites on their properties.
Repair or replace all screens in your home that have tears or holes to keep mosquitoes out of your home. Dougherty County residents can take simple precautions to reduce their risk of contracting a West Nile virus or any other mosquito-borne disease.
· Avoid shaded, bushy areas where mosquitoes like to rest · Wear protective clothing especially at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active · Limit outdoor evening activity · Wear a mosquito repellant that contains DEET or Picaridin.
The Southwest Health District is dedicated to providing comprehensive, quality education and services throughout Southwest Georgia to promote and preserve the health and well being of its citizens and communities.