Health Officials Warn About West Nile Virus

By: Dontaye Carter Email
By: Dontaye Carter Email

Valdosta, GA -- August 10. 2011 --

Since 2001, there have been 14 cases of a mosquito-borne illness in South Georgia.

That's why the South Health District is telling people to protect themselves from mosquitoes.

The Health Department tells us, areas with standing water like this puddle and retention ponds are the places mosquitoes call home.

They multiply and carry severe diseases like West Nile virus that can lead to a person going into a coma or even death.

"It starts out as easy as having a headache, having a fever, chills that kind of thing," said South Health District Public Information Officer Courtney Sheeley.

An email from the Health District shows there are no human cases of West Nile virus in South Georgia.

But more than 100 mosquito pools have tested positive for the virus, including one in our area.

Something residents say they are worried about.

"I'm concerned that not just for myself but my family members, said Brenda Mims. "Places where I attend church there's a lot of elderly members there and that's also a concern of mine."

Sheeley says people can avoid mosquitoes by not going out at night.

If you do, wear long-sleeved shirts, long socks and mosquito repellent.

The South Health District says there is currently no vaccine to fight mosquito-borne illnesses for humans.

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  • by Mosquito Assassin Location: Leon Co. on Aug 11, 2011 at 12:57 PM
    If you want to reduce your mosquito complaints, start by taking 5 mins every few days and walk around your yard and empty containers holding water. Y'all are breeding your own "pet" mosquitoes. Then follow the great advise by 'taxes pay for spraying'
  • by taxes pay for spraying Location: Tallahassee on Aug 11, 2011 at 10:46 AM
    Spraying has not stopped (in Leon County). It is just done by request now. Contact Mosquito Control and request a street spray and/or property spray with a truck(up to once per week) and/or a hand spray of your property (up to twice per year) at no cost. Additional hand sprays can be requested at a cost.
  • by taxpayer on Aug 11, 2011 at 05:26 AM
    You are so right "spraying". Standing at my door just unlocking it, I levitate off the porch they are so bad. And then they stay on your clothes and come in the house. And like you say SPRAYING HAS VIRTUALLY they warn us...but THEY DO NOTHING. Real good Tallahassee, real good. (that was a snide remark in case the commissioners don't get it.)
  • by Spraying Location: Crawfordville on Aug 11, 2011 at 02:11 AM
    The problem is with spraying for mosquitoes has virtually stopped. Cost concerns have halted use of a practice that making a difference. People have to demand from the county administrations to make this a priority and cut something that is less important. If mosquitoes spread AIDS it would be an extremely high priority.
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