Mosquito Carrying West Nile Found In Valdosta

By: Greg Gullberg Email
By: Greg Gullberg Email

- Valdosta, Ga. - May 22, 2012 -

A mosquito has been discovered in Valdosta carrying the West Nile Virus.

No one has been reported infected at this time. It was discovered within Valdosta city limits about two weeks ago. Biologists at Valdosta State University found it as part of mosquito population research.

Symptoms of West Nile are mild in most cases, but people with weaker immune systems like children and seniors could experience paralysis or even death.

"About 80% of the cases where the mosquito that has the virus bites a person never result in any kind of illness that gets reported anywhere. Usually it's kind of mild Flu-like symptoms," said Biologist Dr. Mark Blackmore.

West Nile is generally found two or three times a year in Valdosta, but usually not until August.

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The City Of Valdosta has offered these safety tips:

1. Dispose of items around your property that collect water—tires, containers, flower pots, etc. Breeding sites are not always obvious and may be areas of standing water in a bird bath or flower pot. However, these sites may be producing hundreds of new mosquitoes each day in your area.

2. Use larvicide where standing water cannot be removed. Free larvicide tablets are available to city residents at the City of Valdosta Public Works Department, at 1017 Myrtle Street, weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

3. Stock ornamental ponds with mosquito eating fish.

4. Clean and chlorinate swimming pools, outdoor spas, saunas and hot tubs; keep them covered when not in use.

5. Clean out clogged gutters.

6. Eliminate weeds, tall grass, as these also become mosquito breeding sites.

7. Use insect repellent containing DEET when outdoors. The CDC also recommends repellents that contain oil of lemon eucalyptus or the chemical Picaridin.

8. Protect yourself with long pants, long-sleeved shirts and socks when you are outdoors during times that mosquitoes are most active.

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  • by Anonymous on May 24, 2012 at 05:52 PM
    Boy, that must be one BIG mosquito to carry the west nile!!!
  • by Anonymous on May 24, 2012 at 06:16 AM
    How can west nile carry a mosquito??
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      by Deep Woods on May 24, 2012 at 06:57 AM in reply to
      By the wings!!!!!!
  • by student Location: college on May 24, 2012 at 04:08 AM
    The symptoms are really close to what it feels like after being hazed. How do you tell the difference? Im just sayn that if you get sick at FAm is it from the band or from a bug?
  • by Lassie Tassie Location: Woodville on May 23, 2012 at 12:19 PM
    Bring the mosquito to FAMU entomologist. They will establish a committee to oversee the committee who was responsible for the audit of all financial committees. Then we will sue the committee that brought the mosquito into Bus C which is reserved for murder and hazing.
  • by Anonymous on May 22, 2012 at 06:55 PM
    So, Was West Nile carrying a Mosquito, or was a Mosquito carrying West Nile?
  • by Anonymous on May 22, 2012 at 05:35 PM
    Only one? Out of how many mosquitos in the Valdosta area? Wake me when something important comes along.
  • by Jess on May 22, 2012 at 02:40 PM
    Just think, in his infinite wisdom, James Ammons closed down PHEREC in Panama City which was a world renown mosquito research facility in order to try to start a dental school.
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