There is “only a remnant population in Columbus and a few specimens collected in Chatham County every couple years,” Gray wrote.
Local governments generally are responsible for mosquito control and eradication and have various programs.
Mosquitoes are dormant in Georgia until the weather turns warmer, so “there isn’t much that can be done right now. As summer begins, it will be imperative that homeowners and government agencies do their best to eliminate standing water where the mosquito larvae develop,” he wrote.
Gray said EPA approved repellents are effective in reducing mosquito bites.
“If people use due diligence, the potential for Zika transmission in Georgia is limited,” he wrote.
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