August 26, 2002
Sales of insect repellent in South Georgia are skyrocketing because of fear of the west nile virus . Sales of insect repellent are up at most stores in Albany. Experts say a repellent with DEET is the best defense against the mosquitoes that carry west nile. Walgreens has its repellent display right by the front door.
Walgreen's Manager Keith Brendel said "Oh yea, specifically looking for things with DEET in it. They are definitely looking for those specific items to help keep the mosquitoes taken care of. "
There is no cure for west nile virus, a mosquito borne disease that has been blamed in the death of two Georgia men this year. Experts have recommended cleaning up mosquito breeding areas near your home and wearing repellent as ways to protect yourself.