A state health agency says three people in Houston County were recently hospitalized with West Nile Virus.
They were the first cases this year reported in the state's North Central Health District, according to a news release.
The release says the three people are a 10-year-old boy, a 65-year-old man and a 70-year-old woman.
The state agency did not release any further information on their condition.
By email, Jennifer Jones, spokeswoman for the district, said they learned of the cases this week. They happened several weeks ago, but were just confirmed by lab tests.
The release quotes Dr. David Harvey, the district's director, as saying, "Cooler weather will help alleviate some of the mosquitoes in our area, but residents should still be cautious."
They urge people to observe the "5Ds of West Nile Prevention:
Dusk: Mosquitoes carrying WNV usually bite at dusk and dawn.
Dawn: Avoid outdoor activity at dusk and dawn if possible. If you must be outside, be sure to protect yourself from bites.
Dress: Wear loose-fitting, long-sleeved shirts and pants to reduce the amount of exposed skin.
DEET: Cover exposed skin with an insect repellent containing the chemical DEET, which is the most effective repellent against mosquito bites.
Drain: Empty any containers holding standing water because they can be excellent breeding grounds for virus-carrying mosquitoes.
The state district covers Baldwin, Bibb, Crawford, Hancock, Houston, Jasper, Jones, Monroe, Peach, Putnam, Twiggs, Washington and Wilkinson counties.