Thanks, Hurricane Irma.
The recent rains and overwhelming dampness have become a breeding ground for mosquitos, just as the number of confirmed West Nile cases in Georgia hits 26.
Experts say that 70-80 percent of those infected with West Nile Virus have no symptoms.
WRBL reports that if you do show symptoms, “typically from the time you’re exposed to the time you get sick will be anywhere between 2 to 14 days.” Those symptoms include nausea, vomiting, joint or muscle pain, high fever, stiff neck, and a rash. In some rare cases, neurological issues can arise.
People over 65 are at the highest risk.
The best preventative is to wear mosquito repellant and avoid leaving standing water outside near your home. Kiddie pools, bird baths, and dog bowls are all potential homes for the pests.