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West Nile cases up in Georgia

Public Health officials say that so far there have been nearly 20 human cases of West Nile compared to seven in 2016. / Photo: MGN Online

Georgia has seen an increase in West Nile Virus cases in new information released by the Georgia Department of Public Health.

Public Health officials say that so far there have been nearly 20 human cases of West Nile compared to seven in 2016.

The death toll has also increased as a result, going from zero in 2016 to three in 2017.

To reduce your chances of getting West Nile, Public Health officials urge you to remember the five D's:

  • Dusk/Dawn – Mosquitoes carrying West Nile usually bite at dusk and dawn, so avoid or limit outdoor activity at these times.
  • Dress – Wear loose-fitting, long sleeved shirts and pants to reduce the amount of exposed skin.
  • DEET – Cover exposed skin with an insect repellent containing DEET, which is the most effective repellent against mosquito bites.
  • Drain - Empty any containers holding standing water because they are excellent breeding grounds for virus-carrying mosquitoes.
  • Doors – Make sure doors and windows are in good repair and fit tightly, and fix torn or damaged screens to keep mosquitoes out of the house.

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