West Nile samples test postive in Atlanta communities

1:53 PM, Aug 6, 2012   |    comments
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ATLANTA -- The Georgia Division of Public Health has notified the Fulton County Department of Health Services that mosquito samples in six local communities have tested positive for West Nile.

According to Fulton County officials, the six samples were found in Tanyard Creek, Frankie Allen Park, Grove Park, Burdett Park and Wills Park.

"August begins the peak season for West Nile Virus," Patrice A. Harris, Director of Fulton County Health Services said. "The identification of these samples is a reminder to all of us to take precautions when outdoors."

Fulton County officials said that the West Nile Virus usually infects birds, but it can spread to humans through insect bites. Less than one percent of people infected develop serious illness, and those with chronic illness are at the greatest risk if infected with West Nile.

For more information on the virus and prevention methods, contact the Mosquito Hotline at (404) 730-5296, or the Division of Environmental Health at (404) 613-1301.

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