Mosquito sample tests positive for West Nile virus in Glynn County

Mosquito sample tests positive for West Nile virus in Glynn County
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GLYNN CO., GA (WTOC) - A sample of mosquitoes has tested positive for West Nile virus in Glynn County.

At this time, no human cases have been confirmed in any Coastal Health district county, which includes Glynn and Chatham counties.

Glynn County is being actively treated for mosquitoes, according to a release from the Coastal Health District. Spraying is scheduled for the evenings of July 20,21 and 22, weather permitting.

West Nile virus is transmitted by the bite of infected mosquitoes and can cause mild to serious illness. Mosquitoes that carry the West Nile Virus are more likely to bite during the evening, night, and early morning.

Residents are always encouraged to follow the 5Ds 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 containers holding standing water - buckets, barrels, flower pots, tarps - 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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