Additional mosquito sample in Chatham County tests positive for West Nile Virus

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WILMINGTON ISLAND, Ga. (WSAV) — An additional mosquito sample from Wilmington Island tested positive for West Nile Virus, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH).

This marks the third positive test of the virus within a month after two other samples tested positive on Aug 30.

DPH says most infected humans are asymptomatic with around 20% reporting mild symptoms. However, the virus can cause serious illness as well. Residents are urged to clean up their homes, gutters and tip over items that collect water.

County residents are encouraged to follow the “5 Ds” of mosquito bite prevention:

  • Dusk/Dawn – Avoid dusk and dawn activities during the summer when mosquitoes are most active.
  • 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 DEET, which is the most effective repellent against mosquito bites.
  • Drain – Empty any outdoor containers holding standing water because they are breeding grounds for virus-carrying mosquitoes.
  • 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.

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