CAMILLA, GA (WALB) - The Georgia Department of Public Health has confirmed that a resident in Camilla has the West Nile Virus.
The patient had underlying medical conditions.
This case marks the second in Southwest Georgia this year.
Last year, no cases of the infection were reported in our district, but six were reported in Georgia overall.
Each year, Georgia typically sees six to 10 cases a year. August is typically peak time for West Nile Virus infections in the state.
Health officials suggest the following to keep safe during mosquito season:
- Apply insect repellent. DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, and IR3535 are effective repellents recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
- When possible, wear long sleeves, long pants and socks, particularly at dawn and dusk and in mosquito-prone areas.
- Eliminate standing water in gutters, planters, toys, wheelbarrows and old tires. A mosquito needs only a few drops of water in order to breed and lay eggs.
- Trim tall grass, weeds, and vines to discourage mosquitoes.
- Ensure window and door screens fit tightly to keep mosquitoes out of the home. For more information about West Nile Virus, visit www.cdc.gov or contact your county health department.
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