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DECATUR, Ga. – The DeKalb County Board of Health received notification on Wednesday, confirming its first human case of West Nile virus infection in the county for the year.

The patient, a male in their twenties, resides in the southwest area of DeKalb County, within the City of Atlanta.

Additionally, the Board of Health officials are also investigating two additional, yet unrelated West Nile cases in the Lake Claire and the North Druid Hills areas of the county. Currently, no additional information is available, as the investigations are still ongoing.

No human case of West Nile virus in DeKalb County has been confirmed since 2020.

Larvicide application in low-lying areas and storm drains have already taken place in several areas throughout the county, including the area where the case resides. Larvicide keeps young mosquitoes from becoming flying, biting adults.

According to the CDC, no data or scientific evidence suggests that COVID-19 or other similar coronaviruses are spread by mosquitoes, although West Nile and COVID-19 share similar symptoms. Those similarities underscore the importance of having symptoms evaluated by a medical professional, particularly if you’ve recently spent an extended amount of time outdoors without wearing insect repellent.

To reduce mosquitoes in and around your home:

To prevent being bitten by mosquitoes:

For more information about West Nile Virus, contact the DeKalb County Board of Health’s Environmental Health division at (404) 508-7900 or visit https://dekalbhealth.net/envhealth/west-nile-virus/.