Sunday, May 19 2013 10:19 AM EDT2013-05-19 14:19:32 GMT
A Lowndes County man is behind bars after deputies uncovered nearly half a million dollars of marijuana. Deputies responded to a complaint at Jose Sanchez's house on Highway 129 North Friday. AuthoritiesMore >>
A Lowndes County man is behind bars after deputies uncovered nearly half a million dollars of marijuana.
Saturday, May 18 2013 11:42 PM EDT2013-05-19 03:42:03 GMT
Hundreds of people came out to Lake Blackshear Saturday to support law enforcement and the Crisp County Sheriff. It was the first annual pigs in the park event, put on by the Georgia Narcotics Officer'sMore >>
Hundreds of people came out to Lake Blackshear Saturday to support law enforcement and the Crisp County Sheriff.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 9:47 PM EDT2013-05-19 01:47:12 GMT
Thomasville Police are looking for two men who attempted to rob a store, scaring customers and clerks. Police say they responded to the Dollar General on West Jackson Street around 9:15pm Friday. EmployeesMore >>
Thomasville Police are looking for two men who attempted to rob a store, scaring customers and clerks.
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 >>
September 13, 2007
Albany - West Nile Virus has claimed its first life in Georgia this year. An 80-year old man from Clayton County has died from the mosquito-borne illness. So far, 18 West Nile cases are confirmed in Georgia, three of them in our area, Dougherty, Mitchell and Tift Counties. And with so many mosquitoes buzzing around, a lot of people are worried about catching the virus.
Most of us never even know we have it. "The majority, 80% will show no symptoms at all," said Dr. Jacqueline Grant.
Those blood sucking creatures latch on leaving an itchy bump, but not much else. But West Nile can be serious, even fatal. That's why at Lawn Barber nursery, they spray for all kinds of bugs every seven to ten days. "For the sake of the customers," said Steve Collins, "we just absolutely eliminate them."
In addition to spraying they dump out any standing water, and keep bird baths changed out regularly. And for the sake of the employees, bug spray is never far away.
"We keep mosquito repellent in designated areas for them." Here at Lawn Barber they use so much repellent, the cans are beat up and this one's almost empty.
Mosquitoes usually get the virus from contact with birds that have been infected and then they pass that virus on to you.
"Once that mosquito bites a human or a horse the transmission occurs through the saliva in those animals," said Grant.
And although mosquitoes are the primary way for humans to contract West Nile, they're not the only way. The virus can be transmitted through blood transfusions, organ transplants and from an infected pregnant woman to her unborn child, and breast milk.
Steve Collins is a bit of an anomaly. He says the mosquitoes which may bug you like crazy, don't bother him at all. "Never bite me." But for the rest of us, it's best not to take chances.