More mosquitoes test positive for West Nile Virus in Southwest GA

More mosquitoes test positive for West Nile Virus in Southwest GA

"The city is doing spraying within the city limits".

Dusk/Dawn - Avoid dusk and dawn activities during the summer when mosquitoes are most active. The number of mosquitoes collected will serve to quantify the adult population and provide specimens to be submitted for retesting at Louisiana Animal Disease Diagnostic Lab.

Dress - Wear loose-fitting, long sleeved shirts and trousers to reduce the amount of exposed skin. Those who become ill may have some combination of fever, headache, body aches, skin rash, and swollen lymph glands, specialists say.

Doors - Make sure doors and windows are in good repair and fit tightly, and fix torn or damaged screens to keep mosquitoes out of the house.

REPEL: When outdoors, wear shoes and socks, long trousers and a long-sleeved shirt, and apply insect repellent that contains DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR 3535, according to label instructions. Severe cases of EEE begin with the sudden onset of headache, high fever, chills and vomiting.

West Nile Virus can be very serious for people with compromised immune systems, the elderly and the very young.

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Those with severe cases are hospitalized and receive supportive care such as intravenous fluids and respiratory treatment.

"If you have any standing water that you can't get rid of, you can get mosquito dunks from Lowes or Home Depot and put those in the water", said Robinson-Chadwell.

The Public Works Department is offering free larvicide to residents in the unincorporated area.

Tilley says a team effort between residents and the St. Charles County Mosquito Control program helps to "Block the Bite" and reduce exposure to mosquito bites and related illnesses.

For more information, contact Lowndes County Public Works at 229-671-2700.

-The effectiveness of these truck spraying operations will be determined through the use of Gravid Traps that are scheduled for operation immediately following the completion of the mosquito control activities.