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Clayton County Health Officials confirm presence of West Nile
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Clayton County Health Officials confirm presence of West Nile

RIVERDALE, Ga. – A test conducted by the Clayton County Board of Health has reported that mosquitoes collected at a monitoring site in the county have tested positive for West Nile Virus.

According to the county’s District Health Director, “The discovery of West Nile Virus is not uncommon this time of year. Our continued heat is allowing mosquitoes carrying the West Nile Virus to thrive. It is very important that people not forget the dangers of West Nile Virus and take steps to protect themselves.”

According to a release from the Clayton County Board of Health, the CCBOH “urges residents to remove water from standing containers – where mosquitoes thrive – and to observe the Five D’s of WNV Prevention.”

 

 Dusk -

Mosquitoes carrying West Nile Virus usually bite at dusk and dawn.

Dawn -

Avoid outdoor activity at dusk and dawn if possible. If you must be outside, be sure to protect yourself from bites.

Dress -

Wear loose-fitting, long-sleeved shirts and pants to reduce the amount of exposed skin.

DEET -

Cover exposed skin with an insect repellent containing the chemical DEET, which is the most effective repellent against mosquito bites.

Drain -

Empty any containers holding standing water because they can be excellent breeding grounds for virus-carrying mosquitoes.

Although West Nile isn’t a fatal disease, about ten percent of people with a severe form of West Nile Virus infection die from their illness, and others suffer from long-term neurological problems.

 

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