The West Nile virus (WNV) season officially started this week with test results of 11 locations with WNV positive mosquitoes.
While we have not had any human cases of WNV; August, September and October are the months when most cases are reported.Please take precautions, including using repellent, particularly at dawn and dusk when these mosquitoes feed.
Also remember to check around your property and eliminate any standing water that could last for five or more days. There is achecklist on our website that can assist you in locating mosquito breeding sites around your yard or business. The mosquito species in our area do not travel far. Therefore, if you have mosquitoes in your yard, they are probably breeding there. Eliminating breeding sites will help minimize the mosquito population.
DeKalb County’s 2019 season WNV positive activity total now consists of no human cases of WNV infection and 18 WNV positive mosquito collections from 11 WNV positive mosquito trap locations.
Attached is the Arbovirus Program Update highlighting program activity and a map showing WNV positive mosquito trap locations.
For more information, visit www.dekalbhealth.net/envhealth/west-nile-virus/ or call (404) 508-7900.