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West Nile virus found in Glynn woman
A probable case of West Nile virus has been reported in a 61-year-old Glynn County woman.

The case is from a test sent in August.

The Georgia Department of Public Health says the woman, whose name was not released, showed clinical symptoms suggesting West Nile Virus, but recently released laboratory results were inconclusive, said Sally Silbermann, spokeswoman for the Coastal Health District, which includes Glynn County.

The health department did not say where the woman lived or where she might have been bitten by a mosquito that could have been infected with the virus. The virus is carried by the insects.

Silbermann said the condition of the woman is unknown.

"Public health does not follow cases clinically," Silbermann said. "We get information strictly for surveillance purposes."

Silbermann suggested that a backlog in laboratory tests caused a delay in disclosing the results.

"Hopefully the cooler weather will help with mosquitoes, but we still encourage precautions, particularly using repellent with DEET in it and draining any and all standing water in yards and neighborhoods," Silbermann said.

Samples collected from the area of south Brunswick, Selden Park on U.S. 341, Fairway Oaks on Chapel Crossing Road, Old Jesup Road and Mallery Park on St. Simons Island returned positive from the lab for the virus during the summer months.

The probable case from the test sent in August is the only potential human case to show up in Glynn County this year.



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