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Fulton County Health Services encourages WNV prevention
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Fulton County Health Services encourages WNV prevention

Fulton County Health Services urges residents to use preventive measures to deter mosquito growth in their neighborhoods.  West Nile Virus (WNV) can cause a serious illness and is transmitted from mosquitoes to humans.  The occurrence of this virus increases in the summer and continues into the fall. 

“We are in the season for increased mosquito activity,” says Patrice A. Harris, MD, Director of Fulton County Health Services.  “It is important for everyone to use preventive measures to protect themselves and their families against the virus.” 

Residents are encouraged to follow the 5 D’s of Protection:

Dusk/Dawn: Mosquitoes carrying West Nile Virus usually bite at dusk and dawn. Limit outdoor activity during those hours.
Dress: Wear loose-fitting, long-sleeved shirts and pants to reduce the amount of exposed skin.
DEET: Cover exposed skin and clothes with an insect repellent containing the chemical DEET. It is the most effective repellant against mosquito bites.
Drain: Empty any containers (buckets, barrels, kiddie pools) holding standing water to prevent breeding grounds for mosquitoes.
Doors: Make sure doors, windows and screens are in good condition and fit tightly to keep out mosquitoes.

The Fulton County Department of Health and Wellness’ Division of Environmental Health Services is trapping and testing mosquitoes in 30 locations throughout the county. Also, catch basins are treated around identified “hot spot” areas where WNV activity is known to occur and around locations such as senior centers, schools and hospitals where highly susceptible individuals gather.

Symptoms of WNV include headache, fever, neck discomfort, muscle and joint aches, swollen lymph nodes and a rash.  WNV can cause encephalitis (inflammation of the brain) or meningitis (inflammation of the spinal cord and lining of the brain).  People with weak immune systems or other underlying conditions are at greater risk of experiencing complications from the disease.

For more information about WNV and prevention methods contact the Fulton County Department of Health and Wellness, Division of Environmental Health at (404) 613-1301.  More information is also located on-line at http//:www.fultoncountygahealth.org.

 

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