The West Nile virus (WNV) season is well under way. August, September and October are the months when most cases of WNV are reported. This does appear to be an active year with many mosquitoes infected with WNV.
Please remember to use mosquito repellent when you are out and about especially at dawn and dusk.
Also, check around your property and eliminate any standing water that could last for five or more days. There is a checklist on our website (Mosquito Prevention Checklist) that can assist you in locating mosquito breeding sites around your yard or business. The mosquito species in our area do not travel far so if you have mosquitoes in your yard, they are probably breeding there. Eliminating breeding sites will help minimize the mosquito population.
DeKalb County’s 2017 season WNV positive activity total now consists of two human cases of WNV infection and 67 WNV positive mosquito collections from 20 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 or call (404) 508-7900.