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DPH warns residents of West Nile virus as peak season approaches

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DPH Epidemiologist Jacqueline Jenkins (Source: WALB) DPH Epidemiologist Jacqueline Jenkins (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Tuesday starts the peak season for the West Nile Virus, and Dougherty County Health (DPH) officials want you to take precautions. 

Given the recent rain, residents should tip over any standing water to get rid of breeding grounds for mosquitoes. 

Southwest Georgia has seen two cases in the past few weeks, one in Dougherty County and the other in Camilla.

Both cases were the most severe-type of the virus.

Health officials explained residents who have pre-existing health conditions are most at-risk.

"There is some evidence that shows that if you have underlying health conditions, your body may not fight off the virus as easily as someone who's not compromised, but everyone is at risk for being bitten by a mosquito, everyone is at risk for getting West Nile virus," said DPH Epidemiologist Jacqueline Jenkins.

DPH said 80 percent of residents who are infected with West Nile don't show symptoms.

But those who do will have West Nile fever, persistent headaches, and muscle aches.

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