ALBANY, Ga. — Acting on reports of the deadly West Nile Virus in the community, Albany City Commissioner Jon Howard has scheduled a meeting to discuss the mosquito-borne disease.
Donell Mathis, environmental control manager with Dougherty County Public Works, and epidemiologist Jacqueline Jenkins, an expert on the causes of disease and other public health problems and their prevention, are scheduled to speak at the meeting, which starts at 10 a.m. Saturday in the East Albany Community Center at 1721 E. Oglethorpe Blvd.
The number of human West Nile Virus cases in Southwest Georgia includes three fatalities and nine other reported cases, according to a report from the Southwest Public Health District.
So far, seven cases have been confirmed in Dougherty County, two in Lee County and one each in Early, Mitchell and in Worth counties. The three deaths have been to older people, District Health Director Dr. Jacqueline Grant said.
While Howard said that his meetings in Ward I are always open to the public no matter where they live, he would like to especially encourage senior citizens to attend.
Howard said answers to such questions as what is the virus? what are its symptoms? can the virus be transmitted by cats or dogs? what can be done to prevent mosquito bites? will be given.