Chatham County officials have boosted funding for mosquito testing over concerns about the West Nile virus. There have been a high number of West Nile virus carriers, an issue that may have been triggered by this year's unusually heavy rainfall.
State health officials say six mosquito samples in South Georgia have tested positive for West Nile Virus. Georgia Department of Public Health south district officials say mosquitoes in Lowndes County were tested for the virus last week.
Scientists are predicting a large mosquito population in Georgia during the next few weeks. Elmer Gray, an entomologist with the University of Georgia's Cooperative Extension Service, says the nuisance mosquitoes are expected to be particularly bad in coming weeks.
County officials in coastal Georgia are asking residents to take preventative measures after a sampling of mosquitoes tested positive for West Nile Virus. 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.
Health officials say West Nile virus season is off to a menacing start, with more serious illnesses reported so far this year than any since 2004. The bulk are in Texas, especially around the Dallas area, though two cases have been reported in metro Atlanta.
Commissioners in Savannah's Chatham County approved nearly $300,000 to buy more mosquito-fighting pesticides. The county is fighting its worst season for West Nile virus in years and was about to run out of money for pesticides it sprays over the community using a helicopter. The additional funding will keep the aerial fight against mosquitoes going for another month.
Chatham County health officials have confirmed the county's first human case of West Nile virus in five years. The confirmation comes as the county is recording one of its worst years ever for virus-carrying mosquitoes. County officials have said, the problem stems from earlier bouts of dry weather and the virus' naturally-recurring cycle.
Savannah's Chatham County is having a record year for mosquitoes carrying the West Nile virus. So far this year, the county has collected 67 mosquitoes with the virus. Health officials there say, one person has a possible case of West Nile. And the bug season isn't even over.