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Mosquito control urges residents to keep Chikungunya at bay

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

The man in charge of mosquito control in Dougherty County is urging you to help get rid of the bugs after a new mosquito-borne disease showed up.

The first case of chikungunya in Georgia was recently confirmed.

Mosquitoes can pass it after biting someone who is infected.

Dougherty County Public Works is asking everyone to get rid of stagnant water in yards because of the danger.

Experts say to watch out for gutters as a place for mosquitoes to breed.

"Once they get clogged up with leaves they hold water, and that's a potential breeding area for mosquitoes to hatch out," said Environmental Control Manager Donell Mathis.

Mathis says it only takes 1 to 10 days for mosquitoes to reach adulthood.

You can purchase larvacide pellets at Lowe's and Home Depot, or call Dougherty County public works for more information.

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