Tuesday, May 21 2013 12:03 AM EDT2013-05-21 04:03:02 GMT
Paramedics tell us they're amazed no one was seriously hurt in a rush hour crash just outside Albany Monday evening. The driver of a pickup truck lost control on Philema Road just before 5:00. The truckMore >>
The driver of a pickup truck and his passenger walk away from the mangled wreckage after a crash.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 12:02 AM EDT2013-05-21 04:02:59 GMT
An unusual wreck on Albany's bypass Monday night left the highway littered with yard debris. About 9:30, a car collided with a trailer that was hauling tree limbs on the Liberty Expressway between theMore >>
Wrecked cars and yard debris slow traffic on Albany's bypass.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 11:45 PM EDT2013-05-21 03:45:07 GMT
Moultrie Police tell us they have the accused triggerman in a shooting in custody after two weeks on the run. Police arrested 19-year-old Darren Huntley over the weekend in Waycross. 22-year-old DominiqueMore >>
Moultrie Police tell us they have the accused triggerman in a shooting in custody after two weeks on the run.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 11:37 PM EDT2013-05-21 03:37:21 GMT
Students at a South Georgia University are working together to make it into the workforce. Nursing students at Georgia Southwestern asked business students to help them prepare for their job searches. HumanMore >>
Students at a South Georgia University are working together to make it into the workforce.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 11:28 PM EDT2013-05-21 03:28:47 GMT
A lot of South Georgians are all too familiar with the damage a tornado can do. An EF-3 tornado roared through Americus six years ago. It killed two people and destroyed Sumter Regional Hospital andMore >>
A lot of South Georgians are all too familiar with the damage a tornado can do.More >>
June 18, 2008
Valdosta - Six horses and a dog in South Georgia have died from Eastern Equine Encephalitis, also known as sleeping sickness.
Two horses in Lowndes County and one horse in each Cook, Berrien, Brooks, and Lanier counties tested positive for the mosquito carried disease.
A dog in Ware county was also infected.
The illness is rare in humans and normally only circulates between birds and mosquitoes in swampy areas.
Health officials say bug spray, among other simple tips, can help protect from mosquito bites and the disease.
"People should really put on long sleeves and long pants if possible and also avoid being outside during the mosquito breeding times such as dusk and dawn. That's when mosquitoes actually bite the worst," says Courtney Sheeley of the South Heath District.
Symptoms include swelling of the brain, seizures and coma. Those symptoms usually surface in three to ten days.
You should protect yourself from mosquito borne illnesses now through October.
"The EEE virus is transmitted to humans and horses through the bite of an infected mosquito; however, the illness is rare in humans," says Lynne Feldman, MD, district health director. "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."
Nine cases have been reported in Georgia this summer.