rain
Tuesday May 26th, 2015 9:54PM

White County West Nile case confirmed

By by Ken Stanford
GAINESVILLE - State health officials have verified that a White County woman has West Nile virus.

This is the first ever verified human case in northeast Georgia - and the second in the state this year. The year's first case was a man in Bartow County which was confirmed earlier this month.

The White County woman - described as in her early 60s - was admitted to Northeast Georgia Medical Center a couple of weeks ago, suffering from symptons of West Nile. Health officials reported Tuesday that she does have the mosquito-borne virus.

Georgia reported 44 human cases and seven deaths last year.

Melody A. Stancil, M.D., District 2 Health Director, reminds residents, "protect yourself and your family members from mosquito bites by wearing long sleeves and long pants when outdoors and using a repellant containing DEET, being especially careful to follow the label directions. If possible, it is a good idea to limit outdoor activities during dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active."

Dr. Stancil says it is also important to look around your home and property and empty any standing water from containers such as flower pots, tires, gutters and birdbaths where mosquitoes breed. Mosquitoes usually remain within a limited area of where they hatch, often traveling no more than one-half mile.

West Nile virus is transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected mosquito. Mosquitoes become infected when they feed on infected birds. Culex quinquefasciatus, also known as the southern house mosquito, is the mosquito most commonly responsible for transmitting the virus to humans in Georgia.

West Nile virus is usually a mild disease and most people who are infected will experience no symptoms or only mild symptoms such as headache, fever, and muscle aches.

Adults over fifty years of age and persons with weak immune systems are at higher risk of developing severe illness, such as swelling of the brain, when infected with West Nile virus.

Overall, only about one in every 150 people bitten by an infected mosquito will become severely ill.
© Copyright 2015 AccessNorthGa.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Lake Lanier Islands having an After Christmas Sale
Have you ever wanted to take in the Magical Nights of Lights at Lake Lanier Islands, but though the price was a bit too steep? Well, now's your chance.

8:50PM ( 11 years ago )
Gainesville Red Cross blood center open New Year's
Officials with the Northeast Georgia Chapter of the American Red Cross say the blood shortage is so critical, their donor center in Gainesville will be open New Year's Day.
12:34PM ( 11 years ago )
Veteranarian: 'Walter' is a miracle cat
Doctors at Oakwood Animal Hospital say a cat found in the wall of a new house in South Hall Tuesday morning should survive its ordeal.
12:34PM ( 11 years ago )
Local/State News
Floodwaters deepen in Houston after city gets more rain
HOUSTON (AP) — Floodwaters deepened across much of Texas on Tuesday as storms dumped almost a foot more of rain on the Houston area, stranding hundreds of motorists and inundating the famously congest...
9:39PM ( 15 minutes ago )
Van crashes into Lawrenceville daycare
Lawrenceville police are investigating after a vehicle left the roadway and crashed into the side of a daycare center Tuesday afternoon.
8:41PM ( 1 hour ago )
Vermont's Sanders kicks off 2016 bid from Clinton's left
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Challenging Hillary Rodham Clinton from the left, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders kicked off his presidential bid Tuesday with a pitch to liberals to join him in a "political revolu...
7:30PM ( 2 hours ago )
Suwanee City Council approves $11K for Town Center lighting improvements
New lights are on the way to the streetlamps in the Suwanee Town Center following a contract approval Tuesday night by the city council.
7:08PM ( 2 hours ago )
Police: Woman gave worker note saying she needed help
Atlanta police are seeking a woman they say disappeared after giving employees of a fast-food restaurant a note saying she was being held against her will and needed help.
6:26PM ( 3 hours ago )