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By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

September 2, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Right now is the height of West Nile Virus season and while Georgia hasn't had any confirmed human cases this year, in Dougherty County the mosquitoes are biting.

Heavy rains from Tropical Storm Fay have created the potential for breeding areas across southwest Georgia. The county got 22 calls today with complaints about the pests. The Health Department reminds you to clear any standing water from your yards and check your window screens.

"The breeding of mosquito with all of the water, that's more the concern so, people need to make sure that they go out and they look on their property. If they've got any debris, any old tires, any area they've got where water could be standing for a while they need to make sure that they get those emptied," said Dr. Jacqueline Grant, Southwest Georgia Public Health Department.

 The county plans to spay seven days a week if the weather permits. Mosquitoes typically bite at dusk and at dawn. If you've got to be outdoors during those hours, health officials recommend wearing long pants or a long sleeved shirt.

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