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Human case of West Nile virus confirmed in Georgia

First human case of West Nile virus confirmed in Georgia. First human case of West Nile virus confirmed in Georgia.
James C. Davis James C. Davis
August is peak season for West Nile virus. August is peak season for West Nile virus.
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

The Georgia Department of Public Health has confirmed the state's first human case of West Nile virus.  

The patient is an adult from Atlanta and has recovered. 

Health officials said this is peak season for the virus and urge folks to take precautions. 

They said you should limit the time you spend outside at dawn and dusk and make sure to use insect repellent. 

Dougherty County Environmental Health Manager James C Davis said, "Some of the symptoms for West Nile include headaches, neck discomfort, rash, muscle aches, joint aches, and swollen lymph nodes."

Those most at risk of complications from the virus include older adults and people with chronic medical conditions.

To learn more about West Nile virus go to www.southwestgeorgiapublichealth.org or www.cdc.gov

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