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West Nile Virus discovered in St. Marys, the Virus is circulating in Mosquito Populations

Bryan Dijkhuizen

Due to the discovery of the West Nile virus in a sample of mosquitoes collected this week in St. Marys, the Camden County Health Department is encouraging residents to take extra precautions to avoid mosquito bites in the coming weeks.

In the opinion of health authorities, detection indicates that the virus is actively circulating in local mosquito populations and that the West Nile virus may be transferred to a person via the bite of an infected mosquito.

Only one confirmed human case of West Nile virus has been reported in Georgia, and it occurred outside the Coastal Health District.

In the opinion of health authorities, detection indicates that the virus is actively circulating in local mosquito populations and that the West Nile virus may be transferred to a person via the bite of an infected mosquito.

Only one confirmed human case of West Nile virus has been reported in Georgia, and it occurred outside the Coastal Health District.

The West Nile virus is a flavivirus that is responsible for the spread of West Nile illness.

This is a viral illness that is spread by mosquitoes and that mostly affects birds, but it may also harm mammals such as people and horses if the virus is present.

Infected insects, such as the Asian tiger mosquito, are responsible for the disease's transmission.

Most people (80%) have no complaints. About 20% of infected people develop mild flu-like symptoms such as fever, headache, and muscle aches. Only a very small proportion (1%) develop a serious illness, such as inflammation of the brain (encephalitis) or meningitis.

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