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First West Nile Virus confirmed in Dougherty County

August 16, 2006

Albany -- The first human case of West Nile Virus this year in Georgia is detected in Dougherty County.

The mosquito-transmitted disease was confirmed in a resident in East Albany.

The threat of West Nile Virus generally increases during August and continues until temperatures stay below 50 degrees.

The illness can be fatal. Flu-like symptoms are more common. It is not spread through person to person.

"It's a bird illness, mosquitos feed on the birds and then on occassion they bite humans or horses and our system then we might become ill with the West Nile Virus," said County Environmental Health Director Melvin Jones.

Health officials warn you to avoid being outside during peak mosquito feeding times, after dawn and at dusk.

Also use mosquito repellant and remove any stagnant water from your yard.

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