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Officials in the Keystone Heights area of Clay County and Glynn County, Georgia said mosquitoes captured in traps have tested positive for West Nile Virus (WNV).

They are the state's first reported West Nile cases of the year.

A second sample of mosquitoes from the city has tested positive for West Nile virus, prompting the state to raise the warning level to moderate and the city to begin a new round of spraying.

This marks the fourth summer in the past five years that the virus has been found in mosquitoes from Belmont. Mosquitoes that carry the West Nile Virus are more likely to bite during the evening, night, and early morning. West Nile virus infections in humans have been reported from June through October. Only in about one percent of cases does the virus turn deadly. Others - about 20 percent, the CDC reports - will get symptoms such as head and body aches, vomiting, diarrhea or a rash.

The virus is transmitted to people through mosquito bites, KDHE says. "Mosquito populations are building and will continue to do so, especially with the persistence of hot-muggy weather". Use insect repellent, wear long sleeve and trousers, or consider staying indoors during these hours.

While the risk due to Culex tarsalis mosquito is increasing, the health authority says there is no need for adult mosquito control now.

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Make sure your window and door screens are tight and without holes or other openings.

Dumping or draining standing water to prevent mosquitoes.

Remove standing water to reduce areas where mosquitos can breed in areas such as gutters, birdbaths and pet water dishes.

The hours from dusk to dawn are peak biting times for many mosquitoes.

Lastly, Otaigbe said you can use repellent containing DEET on someone as young as two months, but do not apply the repellent onto the child's hands, near the eyes, or mouth, or irritated skin.


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