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Experts: Now is the time to prevent the spread of West Nile virus





DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. ̵

1; It's a total war on mosquitoes in DeKalb County.

Health officials said they have found 47 West Nile-infected mosquitoes this season. DeKalb is on the right track to meet or exceed last year's numbers.

The county health authorities said this was a crucial time, especially with children returning to school.

The fear is that they might be bitten at a bus stop or at an out-of-school outdoor program when the beetles are most active, at dusk.

Channel 2 Sophia Choi went out with crews as they carried out their battle plans against the pesky Beetles with the Dangerous


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Crews aim at schools by taking larvicidal pellets spread, which they think the insects will breed. They focus on waterways, sturgeons and ditches.

Just the county is focusing in the Northwest Corridor, where they have had a history of events and where they see the most discomfort.

But health experts say mosquitoes are everywhere and everyone should make arrangements

"All subway districts have mosquitoes that are likely to have West Nile," said Gordon Cargal, a mosquito expert at DeKalbs Health Department

They all residents seriously and make arrangements.

Proposals included hiring a company to spray your garden, spray DEET products, and remove stagnant water outdoors.

Officials said that only a bottle cap can breed more than 100 mosquitoes.

West Nile produces flu-like symptoms for most. But in rare cases, it can make you very ill.

"West Nile can be fatal, so we do not want to run the risk of someone contracting the disease," said Eric Nickens, a spokesman for the DeKalb Health Department

People usually experience symptoms for weeks, which is why The district said human West Nile infections would appear in August, almost a month after the first infected mosquitoes were discovered.

Right now, DeKalb has no human cases, but experts warn that this could change.


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