The first human cases of West Nile Virus in Georgia this year have turned up. Epidemiologist Dr. Cherie (Sherry) Drenzek of the Georgia Department of Public health says they were confirmed last week.

The Georgia Department of Public Health says that tests were positive on two people who were tested for West Nile Virus .

According to Dr. Drenzek, eighty percent of those infected by mosquito bites never show symptoms, the other 20% come down with fever and aches. In rare cases, severe neurological problems and death can happen.

One of the cases was in Northeast Georgia and the other in Metro Atlanta.  Health care providers are required to report cases of West Nile Virus to the Georgia Department of Public Health.

The Georgia Department of Public Health says this is not unusual for this time of the year as the mosquito season ramps up.

 

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