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Mosquitoes test positive for deadly viruses

June 2, 2005

Valdosta - Mosquitoes carrying Eastern Equine Encephalitis and the West Nile Virus have been found in South Georgia.

Students from Valdosta State University have been trapping mosquitoes throughout Lowndes County, then testing them for diseases. Two groups tested positive for E.E.E. and West Nile.

City and county leaders are increasing their spraying efforts, but they also need citizens to help control the mosquito population. "We've had a lot of rain in our area recently and people can look around their houses and neighborhoods to see if they have standing water, because that's exactly where mosquitoes breed and grow," said Dr. Lynne Feldman, District Health Director.

Free larvicide tablets to put in standing water are available free of charge to all Lowndes County residents. They can be picked up at the county fire and rescue headquarters on the Madison Highway, Monday through Friday from 8:00 to 5:00.

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