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First case of West Nile found in DeKalb County

DeKALB – Mosquitoes collected in a trap in DeKalb have tested positive for the West Nile Virus, according to a news release from the DeKalb County Health Department.

Several other counties have also reported positive samples of the
virus, which is transmitted through
the bite of an infected mosquitoes, but no human cases have been reported in DeKalb County this year, the release said.

People infected might show no clinical symptoms of illness, while some might become ill three to 14 days after the bite.

Symptoms include fever, headache and body aches.

However, serious illnesses, such as encephalitis and meningitis, have been known to develop.

“The most effective way to prevent you or your family from being infected is to reduce the chances of being bitten by mosquitoes,” Greg Maurice, director of health protection, said in the news release. “This includes eliminating standing water from around your house and using mosquito repellent when outside.”

For information, visit health.dekalbcounty.org/environmental/other.

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