• West Nile virus detected in Glynn County, according to health department

    By: Nora Clark , Action News Jax

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    GLYNN COUNTY, Ga. - The Glynn County Health Department announced Friday that a mosquito sample in the Brookman area of Glynn County tested positive for the West Nile virus. 

    This is the first positive test result in the county this year, according to the Health Department. 

    The Health Department said that it will now be spraying the area over the next several nights following the positive result.

    They will also be implementing increased surveillance and using techniques that target mosquito larva. 

    There are no human cases of the West Nile virus in the county, according to the health department. 

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    The Health Department is encouraging residents to take precautions and help circumvent the life cycle of mosquitoes. 

    "There are simple things we can all do to protect ourselves from mosquito bites and discourage mosquito breeding around our homes and yards," said Dr. Lawnton Davis, Health Director of the Coastal Health District. 

    The Health Department is reminding residents to clear standing water from flowerpots, planters, children's toys, wading pools, bird baths, buckets and other items that may hold water. 

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    The department is also reminding pet owners to be aware of pet dishes with standing water; be sure to clear them out often for fresh water.

    For personal protection from mosquitoes, the department is reminding residents of the 5 D's of mosquito bite prevention: 

    • Dusk/Dawn - Avoid dusk and dawn activities during the summer because that is when mosquitoes are most active. 
    • Dress - Wear loose-fitting, long-sleeved shirts and pants to reduce the amount of exposed skin. 
    • DEET - Cover exposed skin with an insect repellent containing DEET, which is the most effective repellent against mosquito bites. 
    • Drain - Empty any containers holding standing water, like buckets, barrels, flower pots and tarps because they are a breeding ground for mosquitoes. 
    • Doors - Make sure doors and windows are in good condition and fit tightly; fix torn or damaged screens to keep mosquitoes out of the house. 

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