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West Nile Virus reported at four county parks
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The Georgia Division of Public Health has notified the Fulton County Department of Health Services that mosquito samples in four communities have tested positive for the West Nile Virus, the county announced Wednesday in a news release. However, none of the samples were taken in Buckhead or Sandy Springs.

A mosquito “sample” refers to a collection of mosquitoes from a particular area that is tested for the virus. The locations of the positive mosquito sample sites are:

o One positive sample: Grove Park, 709 Hortense Place, west Atlanta; Midtown along the Beltline near the Old Fourth Ward Skate Park; and Perkerson Park, 770 Deckner Ave., southwest Atlanta

o Two positive samples: Washington Park, 101 Ollie St., southwest Atlanta.

Health Services Director Dr. Patrice Harris said Fulton Environmental Health Services is continuing the aggressive prevention measures the division started in February. Treatment with larvacide of catch basins and large mosquito breeding sites is ongoing. West Nile Virus program workers are distributing information urging residents in the affected areas to eliminate standing water around their homes. All residents may take the following measures to reduce the risk of contracting the virus:

o Limit outdoor activity at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active

o Dress appropriately when outdoors for long periods

o Use insect repellant with an EPA-approved active ingredient such as DEET, Picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus

o Remove standing water or treat it with a larvacide to prevent mosquitoes from laying eggs

o Dump containers such as recycling bins, empty flower pots and other containers that may collect water

o Change water in birdbaths or small wading pools at least once a week

West Nile Virus is spread to humans by mosquitoes that feed on infected birds. Most people bitten by infected mosquitoes do not get sick. However, those with chronic medical conditions are at greater risk of developing a severe illness such as encephalitis if infected with the virus. Less than 1 percent of people infected with the virus become ill. Those who do get sick often suffer a mild flu-like illness and recover without treatment.

Information: (404) 613-1301 or www.fultoncountygahealth.org
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