• West Nile virus reported in DeKalb County

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    DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. - Officials in DeKalb County received the first report of a human case of West Nile virus infection in 2017 on Wednesday.

    According to the DeKalb County Board of Health, the patient is a 72-year-old man who lives in Brookhaven. He’s currently hospitalized.


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    “It’s unfortunate that one of our residents has contracted West Nile virus,” said DeKalb County District Health Director S. Elizabeth Ford. “However, this serves as a constant reminder that everyone should be vigilant in taking the necessary precautions to avoid mosquito bites, as they are carriers of the virus.”

    Experts say the easiest and best way to avoid West Nile virus is to prevent mosquito bites.

    While the potential for transmission exists throughout metro Atlanta, a positive case indicates a higher risk in the Brookhaven area.

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