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West Nile reported in Albany area

POSTED: November 5, 2008 5:00 a.m.

ALBANY -- Officials from the Southwest Georgia Public Health District say lab tests have confirmed three human cases of West Nile virus in the Albany area.

Public Health Director Jacqueline Grant said Monday, "These cases were identified as a result of blood donations.'

There are two cases reported in Dougherty County and one in Lee County.

The cases include a 38-year-old from the eastern part of Dougherty County, a 23-year-old from central Dougherty and a 46-year-old from eastern Lee County.

Grant said none were hospitalized, although symptoms such as fever and chills were reported.

West Nile is triggered by the bite of a mosquito already carrying the virus.

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