West Nile Virus case confirmed in Gwinnett County

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The county wants residents to be educated about the virus

Gwinnett County has confirmed its first case of West Nile Virus in a human this year, Channel 2 Action News reported.

There have only been three cases reported statewide so far in 2018, including the Gwinnett case. The mosquito-borne illness could cause flu-like symptoms, including fever, fatigue and joint pain.

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The county will not increase its mosquito spraying frequency, according to Channel 2. Instead, it is mounting an educational campaign to help teach people how to avoid the disease.

People can wear mosquito repellent in order to prevent bites. In order to prevent potentially disease-carrying mosquitoes from multiplying, people should try and eliminate standing pools of water and items that could collect water, like old tires.

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