The West Nile virus is in Gwinnett County, and health officials are investigating as one person recovers from the illness. The West Umatilla Mosquito Control District reported that the virus was initially detected in the Cold Springs area on June 19th, but has recently spread throughout the district. Symptoms include fever, headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea, and rash. The symptoms may develop two to 15 days after being bitten by an infected mosquito.
Emergency Management said the water-based pesticide does not post a health risk to humans or animals, but beekeepers with hives in the area should arrange to relocate the lives until the spraying is complete. Veterinarians can arrange for testing of samples from horses suspected of infection with West Nile Virus. If you think you have West Nile virus infection, contact your healthcare provider.
Although few mosquitoes actually carry the virus, there a several things you can do to minimize your exposure and eliminate breeding grounds for mosquitoes.
Dr. Paul Byers, Mississippi's state epidemiologist, said Mississippi is "always" among the states with the highest rates for West Nile virus.
For prevention, Brown suggests people use a mosquito spray, avoid being outside during dusk and dawn, dump out any standing water around homes, and fix holes in any screen windows and doors. Mosquitoes lay their larvae in standing water.