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This season predicted the worst for West Nile

August 6, 2007

Albany -- State health officials predict this summer and fall could be the worst season for the West Nile Virus ever, and a false sense of security from drought may contribute to the problem.

So far there are two confirmed cases in Georgia in Gwinnett and Johnson Counties. Last year the only West Nile death in Georgia was in Albany.

Dougherty county continues to spray against mosquitoes five nights a week, but that's not the case in many other parts of the state.

"They are not spraying the adult mosquitoes when you have less rain," said Mosquito Control Director, Donnel Mathis. "In that case it gives the mosquitoes a chance to breed out and bite people who may have low immune systems."

The county is also using a new tool to help fight mosquitoes. They can put this thermafogger in areas where the spray trucks can't reach.

You can reduce your risk of contracting West Nile by using insect repellent that contains deet and draining standing water around your home.

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