DeKalb County

West Nile virus-positive mosquitoes found in Atlanta area

WHAT: Mosquitoes - Mosquito-born diseases are not uncommon in Florida including malaria and yellow fever reported from time to time.

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. — Health officials in Georgia said they've found mosquitoes that test positive for West Nile virus this year.

The DeKalb County Board of Health said mosquitoes testing positive for West Nile virus were found in Tucker.

The West Nile virus is a disease spread through mosquito bites. It is most commonly discovered during summer and fall months when mosquito activity is more common.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, only about 20 percent 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.

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

The Associated Press contributed to this report.