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Health officials urge prevention after West Nile Virus confirmed in Albany

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

An Albany person has been confirmed to have contracted the West Nile Virus, and health officials are warning people to take action to protect themselves against mosquitoes.

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Public health officials said that it is an older adult with pre-existing conditions who spent time outdoors that has the virus, and is currently hospitalized.

Two other West Nile Virus cases have been reported in Georgia.

This is the first case of West Nile Virus in Albany in six years. Health officials said the weather could be a factor.

"Because of our rains and what's been going on in South Georgia, we just want you to be aware. And to do prevention. The best way to avoid getting West Nile Virus is to avoid mosquito bites," said Southwest Public Health epidemiologist Jacqueline Jenkins.

About 80 percent of the people infected with West Nile Virus have no symptoms.

Health officials said to protect yourself from mosquitoes that carry the virus, apply insect repellent with DEET,  Wear long sleeves and long pants.

Eliminate standing water around your home, and trim tall grass in your yard.

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