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West Nile virus found in mosquitoes along Atlanta Beltline


ATLANTA — Mosquitoes along the Southwest portion of the Atlanta Beltline tested positive for West Nile virus, Fulton County health officials said Tuesday.

The infected mosquitoes were detected in a trap at Brown Middle School.

“Although a single mosquito pool found in the Southwest Atlanta tested positive, I encourage all residents to be vigilant in practicing personal protection and mosquito control methods,” said Fulton County Board of Health District Environmental Health Director Galen Baxter. “We’ve had a lot of rain in recent days, and warm temperatures coupled with containers holding rainwater create the perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes.”

Every year from July to Oct., mosquito traps placed in Fulton County collect and test mosquitoes. The traps, which contain mosquitoes’ larvae are collected and studied to determine which, if any, diseases the species carried. Last week, test results have concluded that one pool was positive for West Nile virus.

“Whenever there’s a positive mosquito pool identified, mitigation measures are put into place. This includes educating and informing neighbors as well as the use of EPA approved mosquito adulticides and larvicides in and around the area to reduce the number of mosquitoes and potential for human exposure. Adulticides are administered at night, which typically involves spraying from a truck. If you see a truck in your area spraying for mosquitoes, don’t be alarmed,” Baxter said.

According to public health officials, a mosquito can lay dozens of eggs in a water-filled bottle cap. Tossing out that small amount of water can make a huge difference in reducing the number of mosquitoes around your home.

Health officials remind residents to turn over flowerpots, cover wading pools or throw out water stored in buckets, and other containers after every rainfall. Refill pet bowls with fresh water daily. Taking these actions at least once a week can help prevent mosquito breeding.

In addition to applying tip ‘n toss techniques, you can also control the mosquito population near and around your home by removing  debris, repairing missing or damaged window screens and unclogging drain gutters. You can also protect yourself from being bitten by wearing clothing that covers your neck, legs, and arms and mosquito repellent when outdoors.

For more information about the Fulton County Board of Health and our Environmental Health Program, visit  For more tips and information on mosquito control, please visit  and

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