“August begins the peak season for West Nile Virus,” said Patrice A. Harris, director of Fulton County Health Services. “The identification of these samples is a reminder to all of us to take precautions when outdoors.”
The other location of the site for a positive mosquito sample was Whittier Mills Park in west Atlanta.
To reduce exposure to mosquitoes and to reduce the risk of West Nile Virus, the county encourages residents to follow the five D’s of protection:
Dusk/dawn: Mosquitoes carrying West Nile Virus usually bite at dusk and dawn. Limit outdoor activity during those hours.
Dress: Wear loose-fitting, long-sleeved shirts and pants to reduce the amount of exposed skin.
DEET: Cover exposed skin and clothes with an insect repellent containing the chemical DEET. It is the most effective repellant against mosquito bites.
Drain: Empty any containers (buckets, barrels, kiddie pools) holding standing water to prevent breeding grounds for mosquitoes.
Doors: Make sure doors, windows and screens are in good condition and fit tightly to keep out mosquitoes.
West Nile Virus usually infects birds, but it can spread to humans by mosquitoes that feed on infected birds and then bite humans. Most people bitten by infected mosquitoes do not get sick. Less than 1 percent of people infected with The virus develops a serious illness such as encephalitis. People who have chronic medical conditions are at greater risk of developing severe illness if infected with it.