DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. - The DeKalb County Board of Health has confirmed its first report of West Nile Virus.
Officials said the patient is a man in his 20's who lives in Dunwoody. He is recovering at home.
This latest case brings the total number to eight in Georgia this year which includes one death.
Individuals infected by the virus, which is transmitted by mosquitos, can develop symptoms between two to 15 days after being bitten. While most people may not have symptoms, the elderly, those with compromised immune systems, and those with medical conditions can be at a high risk of complications. The virus is not contagious between people.
Symptoms include a headache, fever, muscle and joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea, and a rash, officials said.
Officials recommend using insect repellent containing DEET, wearing loose-fitting, long-sleeved shirts and pants to reduce exposed skin, limiting time outdoors, and using screens on doors and windows.
Even simple things like disposing of items which hold water, cleaning any standing water, can help reduce the spread of mosquitos.