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The city of Amarillo is taking steps to avoid West Nile Virus

Amarillo, TX - With the recent rain and possibly more coming this weekend the city of Amarillo is taking steps to avoid West Nile Virus.

With the rain comes more mosquitos and more mosquitos means a higher chance of getting bitten.  

And the city says they won't stop trying to kill mosquitos until the next freeze.  

"We do expect an increase in the West Nile Virus." says Brad Turner, President of Lady Bug Services

Rain and warm weather, it's the perfect setting for mosquitos.

"The chances increase the more often you are bitten by mosquitoes," says Duree Duke, City Director of Environmental Health.

And some mosquitoes carry the West Nile Virus.

So the city is being pro active and has started spraying the area and treating any standing water.

If mosquitos that carry the West Nile bite you there is a 3% chance you may need medical attention.

"And most people don't realize that they have to feed on a bird that's carrying the disease and then transfer it and infect a human." says Brad Turner.

The state and federal laws allow the city to spray for mosquitoes during the night when temps are lower than 80- degrees and winds are less than 10 miles per hour.

"When we space spray for adult mosquitoes, what we use is not harmful to people or animals." says Duree Duke.

The city advises for the community to get rid of any standing water and when outside use spray repellent with Deet to keep the mosquitoes away.


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