Multiple Reports Of Mosquito-borne Illnesses In Southwest Georgia

WALB) – Public well being officers are encouraging South Georgians to take precautions in opposition to mosquitoes once they’re outdoor.

Tamiya 1/32 Mosquito build pt1 CockpitThe South Health District has acquired two confirmed experiences of West Nile Virus via mosquito testing in Lowndes County and one confirmed case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis in an emu in Lanier County.

“While we see experiences of mosquito-borne diseases every year, it’s essential for us to recollect the significance of stopping mosquito bites every time doable,” Dr. William Grow, district well being director, mentioned. “Although most individuals might not get sick after being bit by a mosquito, some folks do develop a gentle sickness and on uncommon events, some develop a extreme or long-term sickness. Severe instances of mosquito-borne sickness might be life-threatening.”

Most mosquito-borne diseases are transmitted to people and animals from a chew from an contaminated mosquito, in line with the South Health District.

Here are some tricks to stop mosquito bites:

Use insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535 or oil of lemon eucalyptus on uncovered pores and skin and/or clothes.
Wear lengthy sleeves and pants when climate permits.
Have safe, intact screens on home windows and doorways to maintain mosquitoes out.
Eliminate mosquito breeding websites by emptying standing water from flowerpots, buckets, barrels, wading swimming pools and different containers. Drill holes in tire swings so water drains out.
Be certain to make use of repellent and put on protecting clothes from nightfall to daybreak or contemplate indoor actions throughout these instances as a result of peak mosquito biting hours.

“Even although it’s uncommon for a human to be contaminated with these diseases, the chance is greater for individuals who spend a whole lot of time outdoor, reside in wooded or swampy areas, or have traveled abroad to sure areas,” Grow mentioned.

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