Probable case of West Nile discovered in Columbus

(WTVM) - News Leader 9 has learned there is one probable case of West Nile virus in Muscogee County.

Earlier this month, a local man became sick and went in for testing. Public health officials are currently awaiting final confirmation from the labs before confirming it is West Nile.

There are currently two confirmed cases of the virus reported in Georgia so far this year.

More than 30,000 people in the U.S. have had West Nile since 1999, and more than 1,200 have died.

We did some research and uncovered a few tips that can help you stay West Nile free:

Mosquitoes need water to breed, and removing standing water around your home can eliminate breeding grounds and reduce the number of mosquitoes in the area.

Many mosquitoes also bite between dusk and dawn. Be sure to limit time outdoors during those hours and be sure to use repellent and protective clothing.

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