Lowndes County, Florida- July 17, 2012
For the fifth time this summer a mosquito has tested positive for West Nile Virus in Lowndes County.
That's according to the Georgia Department of Public Health. Officials are encouraging everyone in the area to guard against exposure to mosquitoes. In Albany a case of West Nile Virus in a human was recently confirmed. One Lowndes County Health Official spoke about how this summer compares to past years.
Said Courtney Sheely of the Lowndes County Health Department: "Normally we start seeing this later in the summer to fall. So I hope it's not an indication that, you know, we'll be seeing an increased number you know going into the fall but it very well could be."
Symptoms of West Nile Virus include headache, fever and neck discomfort. The best protection is to avoid being bitten.