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
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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 >>
Information from the Department of Public Health
Valdosta, GA - The Georgia Department of Public Health has confirmed for the fifth time this summer, a mosquito sample tested positive for West Nile Virus (WNV) in Lowndes County.
Public Health Officials in South Georgia are encouraging everyone in the area to guard against exposure to mosquitoes. There have also been numerous cases of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) confirmed in horses in South Georgia and one human case of WNV in Albany.
"Mosquito borne illnesses are spread through the bite of an infected mosquito," states William Grow, MD, FACP, District Health Director.
"The more time someone is outdoors, the more time the person is at risk of being bitten by an infected mosquito; that is why we are encouraging South Georgians to take all precautions against mosquito bites."
People are urged to take the following precautions:
Use insect repellent containing DEET, Picaridin, IR3535, or PMD. Be sure to follow the instructions on the label.
Any containers that can collect water should be discarded or dumped daily
Wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants, and socks when outdoors, especially at dawn and dusk to reduce the amount of exposed skin, as weather permits
Avoid being outdoors from dusk to dawn, peak mosquito biting times, if possible
Set up outdoor fans to keep mosquitoes from flying near you
"While most people infected with West Nile Virus show no symptoms of the illness and pass it on their own, even healthy people have become severely ill for weeks when infected," says Dr. Grow.
Symptoms of WNV include headache, fever, neck discomfort, muscle and joint aches, swollen lymph nodes and a rash that usually develop 3 to 14 days after being infected. The elderly, those with compromised immune systems, or those with other underlying conditions are at greater risk for complications from the disease.
According to Dr. Grow, there is no vaccine for the illness nor is there a specific treatment. People with severe cases are hospitalized and receive supportive care such as intravenous fluids and respiratory treatment. The best protection is to avoid being bitten.
For more information about mosquito borne illnesses, call your local health department or visit www.cdc.gov/.