Georgia health officials have confirmed the state's first West Nile Virus case in a dead bird found in Liberty County on Jan. 6.
Last year, the first bird case in Georgia was found in the spring.
State health officials said it is difficult to predict whether this season's virus activity will be greater than last year.
In 2002, Georgia had 43 human cases of the virus and seven deaths from it.
State officials said they are working to increase mosquito surveillance for the virus across the state and increase educational campaigns on the virus.
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Source: www.vdh.state.va.us contributed to this report
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