Yellowstone County man dies of West Nile Virus

Robert Garland an 88-year-old veteran in Tennessee tested positive for West Nile virus before his death his family claims

Robert Garland an 88-year-old veteran in Tennessee tested positive for West Nile virus before his death his family claims

West Nile is spread through mosquito bites, and the peak season for it is late summer and early fall.

In Georgia, there have been seven confirmed cases of West Nile this year, including one in which someone died, according to a report by the Georgia Department of Public Health.

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But Davis said individuals can take precaution, too, by using repellants like Deet, wearing long sleeves when outdoors and perhaps most important, eliminate any standing water around the home.

The state this week announced an adult from Cumberland County tested positive for the virus and is recovering in the hospital.

According to the DPH, the best ways to avoid infection are to stay inside during dusk and dawn hours, wear long trousers, shirts, and socks if you are exposed to mosquitoes, and wear the proper insect repellant to dissuade any thirsty bugs. Cookman says you need to look at the label to make sure it has 20 to 30% DEET, a repellent ingredient.

However, it can develop into a severe illness and cause permanent damage to a person's central nervous system.

Wear long sleeves and trousers. Follow the directions on the package.

Use screens on open windows and doors.

A total of 26 cases have been reported statewide this year, with 10 cases in Jackson.

Fliers are also being handed out to people alerting them that West Nile was found in the area and advising them on how to help prevent the spread of it. There were 63 cases in 2017 and one death, according to the Mississippi State Department of Health.

Officials at the LaSalle County Health Department declined to comment on what part of the county the resident was from, citing patient confidentiality.

Fifty-three cases and two deaths have been reported in Louisiana, a CDC report shows. The origin of the virus is unknown, as the person traveled to several other states during the time prior to developing symptoms.

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