Two West Nile cases have been confirmed in Gwinnett County since August according to the Gwinnett Daily Post.
Health Department Communications Director Karen Shields said that one victim, 53, has recovered, but another, 78, passed away from the mosquito-borne pathogen.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported 43 cases in Georgia this year, four of them fatal, according to the GDP.
The CDC recommends the following to combat West Nile:
- Avoid getting bitten (use bug spray!)
- Eliminate mosquitoes around your home by making sure there are is no standing water
- Install screens in your home to prevent mosquitoes from coming in
Symptoms include fever, headache, tiredness, and body aches, occasionally with a skin rash (on the trunk of the body) and swollen lymph glands, according to the CDC.
The symptoms of severe disease include headache, high fever, neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness, and paralysis.