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      West Nile appears in Lowndes County

      The Georgia Department of Public Health has confirmed that six mosquito samples have tested positive for the West Nile Virus in Lowndes County as of last week.Officials say that fourteen mosquito pools have tested positive for mosquito borne disease so far this year, including West Nile and Eastern Equine Encephalitis.Public Health Officials continue to encourage everyone to guard against exposure to mosquitoes. According to Rosmarie Kelly, PhD, MPH, Public Health Entomologist, mosquito activity appears to be lower now than last year at this point; however, we won TMt know for sure until all data are in for August.Officials with the health department urge the public to take some of the following precautions:- Use insect repellent containing DEET, Picaridin, IR3535, or PMD. Be sure to follow the instructions on the label. - Any containers that can collect water should be discarded or dumped daily.- Wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants, and socks when outdoors, especially at dawn and dusk to reduce the amount of exposed skin, as weather permits.- Avoid being outdoors from dusk to dawn, peak mosquito biting times, if possible.- Set up outdoor fans to keep mosquitoes from flying near you.Stay connected to as stories develop and the FOX 31 Newscast at 10 PM. Visit us on Facebook and Twitter to join in on the conversation and connect with FOX 31!