West Nile Virus detected in Grant County mosquito sample

Getty ImagesA close up shot of the common pest mosquito Aedes vexans resting on the water it just emerged from

Courtney Sheeley, Communications Specialist for the Georgia Department of Health, says West Nile Virus showing up in Georgia is nothing new.

The woman, who is in her 60s, contracted the virus and become sick in mid-May, IDPH reported Wednesday.

Last year California had 536 reported human cases and 41 deaths attributed to West Nile virus.

Sheeley says the best methods to prevent mosquito bites of any kind are to wear insect repellent, long sleeves and trousers, and to stay inside during peak biting times, which is dusk and dawn. The department reported hot June temperatures are contributing to increasing numbers of mosquitoes and the increased risk of virus transmission to humans, but so far this season, activity is within expected levels. Last year, 63 counties in IL reported a West Nile virus positive mosquito batch, bird and/or human case.

Last year, there were 68 human cases in Nebraska, including two deaths.

The vector-borne West Nile virus can infect humans with an infection known as West Nile encephalitis, which causes inflammation of the brain.

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DHHS started its West Nile virus surveillance at the beginning of June.

Precautions to Fight the Bite include practicing the three "R's" - reduce, repel, and report. Try to keep doors and windows shut. Fix or replace screens that have tears or other openings.

DRAIN - Mosquitoes lay their eggs on standing water.

DAWN AND DUSK - Mosquitoes that transmit WNV usually bite in the early morning and evening, so it is important to wear proper clothing and repellent if outside during these times. Consult a physician before using repellents on infants. Eliminate all sources of standing water on your property by emptying flower pots, old auto tires, buckets, and other containers.

West Nile virus was first detected in the U.S.in 1999.

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