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 >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:44 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:44:14 GMT
Investigators are trying to find some clues as to who took nearly two dozen cell phones from a Mitchell County School. Pictures of the Baconton Community Charter School file room show where students cellMore >>
Investigators are trying to find some clues as to who took nearly two dozen cell phones from a Mitchell County School.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 12:48 PM EDT2013-05-18 16:48:01 GMT
The family of an Albany teenager who died on Friday, isn't sure how they'll pay for her funeral. 16-year old Keyanna Lang died from a heart condition. Due to her illness the family couldn't keep lifeMore >>
The family of an Albany teenager who died on Friday, isn't sure how they'll pay for her funeral.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 8:00 AM EDT2013-05-18 12:00:09 GMT
In its effort to hire 10,000 new employees in May, Dollar General will host a career fair at Dollar General located at 2017 N Slappey Blvd. in Albany, Ga. on Saturday, May 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.More >>
The event is held as part of the major retailer's effort to hire 10,000 new employees in May...More >>
Information from The Georgia Department of Public Health
Lakeland, GA - The Georgia Department of Public Health has confirmed one positive case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) in a horse found in Lanier County. This is the fourth positive case of EEE found in a horse in South Georgia this year.
EEE is the inflammation or swelling of the brain caused by the eastern equine encephalitis virus. EEE is regarded as one of the most serious mosquito-borne diseases in the United States according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
"The EEE virus is transmitted to humans and horses through the bite of an infected mosquito; however, the illness is rare in humans," stated Courtney Sheeley, Public Information Officer. "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."
While most people bitten by a mosquito carrying EEE will not get sick, those that are infected will generally show symptoms within 3 to 10 days. The symptoms of EEE are sudden onset of fever, muscle pains and headaches; many will also experience more severe illness that may include seizures and coma.
Although most people will not become sick, people are encouraged to take precautions when outdoors. Anyone that is outdoors should do all they can to protect themselves and others from the bites of mosquitoes.
Remember these simple tips:
Use an EPA-registered repellant anytime you are outdoors for any length of time.
Wear protective clothing such as long sleeves and pants, as temperatures permit.
Avoid prolonged exposure outdoors during mosquito biting times. The hours from dusk to dawn are peak biting times for many species of mosquitoes.
Any containers that can collect water should be discarded or dumped daily.
Check windows or screen doors for holes to help keep mosquitoes from entering your home.
Apply insecticides in your yard if you have standing water, which will help control mosquitoes in the larval stage. Use products containing BTI or methoprene and always follow the directions to apply larvicide correctly.
People should keep in mind that West Nile Virus (WNV), a separate mosquito-borne disease, is most prevalent August to October; however, there have been three positive mosquito samples reported in Lowndes County so far this year.
Horses and other animals should be vaccinated against EEE and WNV annually at a veterinarian's office.
For more information on EEE or any other mosquito-borne disease visit www.cdc.gov or call South Health District at 229-333-5290.