More West Nile Virus cases in Georgia

By: Jessica Floyd Email
By: Jessica Floyd Email

Mosquitoes can kill you. These tiny insects can carry a deadly disease--West Nile Virus.

Fred Koehle is one of the people who helps to keep you and your family safe. He works for the Richmond County Health Department and his job is to spray pesticide in mosquito-prone areas.

"What people don't realize is that mosquitoes continue to lay eggs whether there's water or not," says Koehle.

Mosquito eggs can live up to fours years. The Centers for Disease Control say that Georgia will have the highest number of West Nile cases in years. Koehle says he knows one reason why.

"We have a lot of places with standing water. One of the biggest things are swimming pools that aren't maintained," Koehle said.

If pools aren't maintained they can quickly turn into breeding grounds for mosquitoes.

Angela Thayer and Michelle Leggins live right around the corner from a pool that hasn't been kept up. Thayer says it takes the community working together to control the mosquito problem.

"Swimming pools, little baby pools, dump that water. Flower pots--dump that water...Get rid of it," says Thayer.

If you have water standing in your yard, you should have the area sprayed. Here are some other tips to mosquito-proof your home: remove containers with water, recycle discarded tires, clean roof gutters, turn wading pools upside down and change bird bath water.

Koehle has proof that it's important for people living in this area to take the necessary precautions.

"We've tested some positive mosquitoes and they've come back carrying the West Nile Virus."


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  • by Kayla Location: Catersville, GA on Aug 4, 2007 at 07:41 PM
    Um... You see, I live in Georgia and I recently got this bite on my arm... I thought it was a spider, but after we drained it of the stuff inside (ew) we found there was only *one* hole, not two like a spider's. That's when my step-dad said: "Maybe it was a mosquito... We've had more of the West Nile virus recently". Now I'm freaked out, and we're going to the doctor tomorrow, so I might actually be the first person with it in Bartow, but we're not so sure...
  • by Willie Location: North Carolina on Jul 30, 2007 at 02:20 PM
    Informative article and great preventative tips noted to help mosquito-proof your home.
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