Horse Tests Positive for West Nile Virus

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September 10, 2012

This is to serve as notification that a horse tested positive for West
Nile Virus (WNV) in Lowndes County. This is the second veterinary case of a mosquito-borne illness in South Health District this year; a horse tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) in Lanier County in July. Fortunately, there have been no human cases of a mosquito-borne illness in our ten county area this year.

Anyone that is outdoors should do all they can to protect themselves
and others from the bites of mosquitoes. Remember these simple tips:
● Use an EPA-registered repellant anytime you are outdoors for any length of time.
● Wear protective clothing such as long sleeves and pants, as
temperatures permit.
● Avoid prolonged exposure outdoors during mosquito biting times.
The hours from dusk to dawn are peak biting times for many species of mosquitoes.
● Any containers that can collect water should be discarded or
dumped daily.
● Check windows or screen doors for holes to help keep mosquitoes from entering your home.
● Apply insecticides in your yard if you have standing water,
which will help control mosquitoes in the larval stage. Use products
containing Bti or methoprene and always follow the directions to apply
larvicide correctly.