A state agency is warning people about West Nile Virus found in mosquitoes in Houston County.
The Georgia Department of Public Health is telling Central Georgians to take precautions against mosquito bites and to remove standing water where the bugs can breed.
In a news release, the state says the virus was found in mosquito pools in Houston, where scientists collect the bugs and test them for diseases.
At this time, there are no reported human cases of West Nile in Central Georgia, according to the state.
Most people who are bitten by infected insects do not get sick, but about 20 percent develop fever-like symptoms, along with headaches, vomiting, diarrhea and a rash. In some cases, weakness and fatigue can last months. About 1 percent of those infect develop more serious symptoms.
They're urging people to prevent mosquito bites by:
- Avoid being outside around dusk and dawn, when the bugs are most active.
- Wear long-sleeve shirts, long pants and other clothes that reduce your exposure.
- Wear insect repellent containing DEET.
- And make sure doors and windows are tight, and keep them closed.