Mosquitoes in 11 areas in DeKalb County test positive for West Nile virus

Mosquitoes in 11 areas in DeKalb County test positive for West Nile virus

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. — The West Nile virus is now in our area.

Just weeks after we told you it was moving into South Georgia, 11 traps had virus-positive mosquitoes in DeKalb County.

The county shared a map of locations in which mosquitoes tested positive for West Nile. They include Chamblee, Brookhaven, Tucker, Clarkston and Lithonia.

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Officials are now going door to door, warning families about the risk.

"I've heard of course about the spread of the West Nile and how deadly it can be, so it's just good to see these young ladies out here telling us about it," said homeowner Rudolph Jackson.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, only about 20% of those infected experience a fever and other symptoms.

Approximately one out of 150 infected people develop a serious, sometimes fatal, illness, the CDC said.

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Most people who get West Nile Virus don't know they have it, but in some cases it can make people very sick or kill them. You are advised to dump any standing water near your home, and if you are outside wear long sleeves or use mosquito repellent with DEET.

The CDC said no human cases of West Nile virus infection have been confirmed in Georgia this year.

The Board of Health advises people to take the following precautions:

  • Reduce mosquito breeding in your yard by eliminating standing water in gutters and items such as planters, toys, wheelbarrows and old tires.
  • Discourage mosquitoes from resting in your yard by trimming tall grass, weeds and vines.
  • Reduce outdoor exposure at dawn and dusk, when the mosquitoes that transmit West Nile virus are most active.
  • Wear a long-sleeved shirt, long pants and socks when outdoors, particularly at dawn and dusk and in areas with large numbers of mosquitoes.
  • Make sure window and door screens fit tightly to keep out mosquitoes.
  • Use an insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR3535.
  • Apply according to label instructions.
  • Spray clothing with products containing permethrin according to label instructions.