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DeKalb County Man Diagnosed With West Nile Virus

Jul 13, 2017
Robert F. Bukaty / associated press file

A 72-year-old Brookhaven man has tested positive for the West Nile virus. 

It's the second confirmed human case in Georgia this year. 

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Mosquitoes are the source of West Nile, and public health officials are recommending the public take steps to protect themselves from mosquito bites.


At least two people have died and several others have been sickened in the central part of the state after overdosing on some type of street drug, authorities said.

Reports of overdoses were still coming in Tuesday, Georgia Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Nelly Miles tells The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

More than a dozen overdose cases have been reported so far in three emergency departments in Bibb County and some surrounding counties in the past two days, said Chris Hendry, chief medical officer at Navicent Health in Macon.

Georgia Hospitals Seeing Spike In Flu Cases

Jan 12, 2017
Darron Cummings, File / Associated Press

State health officials say there's a spike in flu cases in Georgia.

“People go off and they’re visiting their friends, relatives, traveling on vacation," said Davelle Pursner, a registered nurse with the University of Georgia's Health Center. "Times of travel and stress, then they return home, and they become sick with the flu, it’s very contagious."

A haze hovers over the downtown skyline from a wildfire burning in the northwest part of the state, Monday, Nov. 14, 2016, in Atlanta.
AP Photo/David Goldman

State health officials said they've seen an increase this past week in emergency room visits because of asthma and other respiratory issues as wildfires continue to burn in parts of north Georgia. 

"The likelihood is strong that smoke is causing at least part of this," said Dr. Patrick O'Neal, director of health protection at the Georgia Department of Public Health. "It's not uncommon to see some increase in respiratory issues that show in November, December every year but this has been higher than normal."

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Georgia Public Health officials say they’re ready for action, should the Zika virus start spreading through local transmissions.

Georgia is currently in peak mosquito season with the end expected in late October.

DPH’s Dr. James O’Neal, speaking after the agency’s monthly board meeting on Tuesday, said that, should the virus start spreading here, the state has teams of people ready to rapidly deploy to areas where cases pop up.