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Lowndes Co. confirms West Nile

October 1, 2002

Valdosta - Lowndes County has its first case of West Nile Virus this year. The Division of Public Health confirmed the virus was found in a dead migratory blue jay.

So far, no mosquitoes or other birds have tested positive for the virus. County officials say with the high number of infected birds found last summer, they're surprised Lowndes County has gone this long without any positive cases.

"Last year was the first time we'd seen West Nile and the Division of Public Health told us it would probably show up again this year, so it's basically been a waiting game for us," said Paige Dukes, Lowndes County Public Information Officer.

Health officials say there is no need for alarm, but residents should take precautionary measures when spending time outdoors, such as wearing mosquito repellent that contains DEET and wearing long sleeved shirts and pants.

posted at 3:00PM by ashley.harper@walb.com