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Lowndes health officials remind people to guard against mosquitos

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Courtney Sheeley Courtney Sheeley
LOWNDES CO., GA (WALB) - Health officials in Lowndes County continue to remind people of the importance of protecting against mosquitoes in an effort to reduce the risk of contracting a mosquito born illness.

WALB reported Tuesday night that a horse in Lowndes County recently tested positive for the mosquito virus called Eastern Equine Encephalitis. It is the first known case in Lowndes County this year. Health officials say humans can also get the disease and are encouraging people to wear mosquito spray when outside.

They also encourage people to stay indoors at dawn and dusk, as this is when mosquitoes are most active. "It is very rare that humans get these illnesses, but that still doesn't mean that you can't," emphasized Courtney Sheeley, with the South Health District in Valdosta. "So, that's why we're tryin' to make sure everybody takes the precautions."

Sheeley added that it has been several years since the last known case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis in a human in Lowndes County.

For more information on mosquito born illnesses, or for more information about the symptoms of Eastern Equine Encephalitis, visit www.cdc.gov.

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