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Health Officials Taking Swat At Mosquitoes

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CHATHAM COUNTY — Mosquitoes will soon be flying back to pester people. State and localhealth officials are hoping to take an early swat at them.

Officials worried about mosquito-borne illnessesmet Wednesday at Jordan Lake.Last summer, acrowat the lake testedpositive for theWestNile Virus.

State entomologist Barry Engber says he hopes to stop mosquitoes frommultiplying by getting the word out aboutstagnant water and other breeding grounds for thebugs.

"At least informing homeowners is a basic thing that every communityshould be doing," he says.

People can tell mosquitoes to buzz off by staying indoors during thedusk and dawn hours. If you are outdoors, use repellent that containsdeet. It is also important to empty any containers of water in your yardwhere mosquitoes may breed.

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