GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. - Health officials are investigating a reported case of West Nile Virus in Gwinnett County.
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 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.
“Preventing mosquito bites is the best way to avoid West Nile Virus,” says Alana Sulka, director of Epidemiology for Gwinnett, Newton and Rockdale County Health Departments. “One of the most effective ways to limit the mosquito population around your home is to practice ‘Tip ‘n Toss,’ which eliminates mosquito breeding grounds.”
Even simple things like disposing items that hold water, cleaning any standing water, can help reduce the spread of mosquitos.
If you believe you may be infected with the virus, please contact your doctor as well as the Gwinnett County Health Department at (770) 339-4260.