The number of confirmed cases has dropped significantly in Georgia and nationwide. As of Tuesday 26 states have reported 177 cases to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
That's not to say West Nile is any less dangerous. The Decatur man, hospitalized Aug. 22, has already suffered partial paralysis, according to the DeKalb Board of Health.
"I hope this will remind everyone to continue using precautions to avoid mosquito bites," said S. Elizabeth Ford, DeKalb's district health director.
About one in 150 people infected with the disease develop severe symptoms that can include paralysis, high fever, convulsions and coma. People 50 and older face the greatest risk.
--Staff writer Craig Schneider contributed to this report