Officials confirm West Nile-related death

Posted at 12:57 PM, Oct 04, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-04 14:57:00-04

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    DUNWOODY, Ga. (WGCL) — Officials with the DeKalb County Board of Health have confirmed a West Nile virus-related death.

Officials tell CBS46 the victim is an elderly female in her 90s who lived in Dunwoody.

“Although it’s rare, in some cases, West Nile virus can be fatal. Remember, even though fall has arrived, everyone must still take precautions. The risk of contracting the virus remains whenever temperatures are above 50 degrees Fahrenheit,” said DeKalb County District Health Director S. Elizabeth Ford.

According to the CDC, the best way to prevent infection from West Nile virus is to prevent mosquito bites. Here are a few tips to keep mosquito bites to a minimum:

*Use insect repellent
*Wear long-sleeved shirts and pants
*Treat clothing and gear
*Take steps to control mosquitoes indoors and outdoors

The Board of Health provides an integrated mosquito control program. Program technicians routinely trap mosquitoes throughout the county, which are tested for viruses.

Technicians also work with residents to reduce mosquito infestations including placing larvicide in sources of standing water, like storm drains.

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