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Warmer weather expected to bring swarms of mosquitoes to East Texas

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TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Warmer weather and stagnant water are expected to bring swarms of mosquitoes in East Texas. This time around, there could be a threat of something besides the typical mosquito bite. Bob Gardner, mosquito control supervisor for the City of Tyler, said you should clear your property of any potential breeding sites.

“You want to look for stagnant pools of water. Overgrown bushes and shrubs are an area for the adults to hide, but the adults are always looking to lay eggs and the eggs are going to be laid in the stagnant pools of water,” said Gardner.

Mosquitoes aren't just annoying; they have the potential to be fatal.

“Dengue Fever can turn into a hemorrhagic form of Dengue and it can kill. Certainly, West Nile [Virus] is deadly in certain cases,” said Russell Hopkins of the Northeast Texas Public Health District.

He said a new mosquito-borne virus could also be a threat.

“It's called Chikungunya and it's an African disease that has kind of spread to the point that they're having a big infection cycle down in the Caribbean right now,” explained Hopkins.

There have been no confirmed cases in the United States, but he said the high number of travelers to the region means that could change.

“Anything that can be mosquito-borne can eventually be brought here,” Hopkins said.

Health officials remind you to drain any outdoor containers that have standing water to avoid mosquito breeding.

That includes gutters, pet bowls, flower pots, trash cans, and even kiddie pools.

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