CITY OF AURORA: West Nile Virus Case Confirmed in Aurora

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Wearing long-sleeves, long trousers and socks when outdoors will help keep mosquitoes away from your skin. If you need to move a dead bird precautions should be taken.

The Gwinnett County Health Department is investigating a case of West Nile Virus reported in a resident. It is important to note that 80 percent of people infected with WNV will show no symptoms at all, and only 1 in 150 people infected with WNV will develop severe symptoms. Symptoms include fever and flu-like illness. "Mosquitoes carry many diseases that can cause serious illnesses", said Dr. desVignes-Kendrick, local health authority and director of Health and Human Services.

Steve Galloway worked outside often enough to know that grass and sitting water attracts mosquitoes, but he's also aware that the hard work that he puts in will eventually lead to a bite here an there.

During 2002, the state documented its first human infections and 52 cases were reported that year. Consult a physician before using repellents on infants. DEET products should not be used on infants under two months of age and should be used in concentrations of 30% or less on older children. Check rain gutters and drains.

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Residents are also being urged to check screens on windows and doors at their homes for holes that mosquitoes can get through.

West Nile virus is transmitted through the bite of a mosquito that has picked up the virus by feeding on an infected bird.

Health officials warned that continued warm temperatures and standing water create a good breeding ground for mosquitoes. Horses are a "dead-end host" and do not spread the virus to other horses or humans.

Avoiding contact with mosquitoes in the thick of the summer can be hard, which is why the McDonough County Health Department reminds the public to practice the three "R's": reduce, repel and report.

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