7 cases, 1 death from West Nile Virus reported in Georgia

7 cases, 1 death from West Nile Virus reported in Georgia

GEORGIA (WTOC) - The Georgia Department of Health has confirmed seven human cases of West Nile Virus so far this year, including one death.

There has also been one confirmed case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis which resulted in a death. We're working to find out where those cases happened.

As Labor Day is upon us, it's important to protect yourself from mosquito bites. Mosquito season in Georgia typically lasts through October and sometimes longer, depending on the weather.

Health experts say you can reduce the number of mosquitos around your home by getting rid of standing water.

The Department of Public Health says to help protect yourself from getting bites, you should follow the "5 D's" of prevention:

  • Dusk/Dawn - avoid or limit outdoor activities at these times
  • Dress - wear loose-fitting, long-sleeved shirts and pants to reduce the amount of skin exposed
  • DEET - cover your skin with an insect repellent containing DEET
  • Drain - empty any containers holding standing water
  • Doors - make sure your doors and windows are in good repair to keep mosquitos out of the house

Copyright 2018 WTOC. All rights reserved.