Georgia records year's first case of West Nile

Georgia records year's first case of West Nile

July 8th, 2013 by Associated Press in Local - Breaking News

ATLANTA - Health officials say they've confirmed this year's first human case of West Nile virus in Georgia.

The Georgia Department of Public Health said the case was confirmed Monday. Officials said the adult patient from Brantley County recovered without hospitalization after being infected in May.

Most West Nile virus infections occur after the person is bitten by an infected mosquito. Health officials are urging Georgians to take precautions to protect themselves against mosquito bites.

Symptoms of West Nile virus include headache, fever, neck discomfort, muscle and joint aches, swollen lymph nodes and a rash. They usually appear three to 15 days after the mosquito bite.

According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Georgia had 99 cases of West Nile virus last year, including six that were fatal.