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West Nile worries trigger Ardmore action

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ARDMORE, Okla. -- Summer isn't even here yet, and two mosquitoes have already tested positive for West Nile virus in Oklahoma County.

With all the rain that's fallen across Texoma over the past month, it's been even easier for the disease-carrying insects to procreate.

"We might have water collecting in our backyard, or in places where the mosquitoes can lay eggs, and we can have a hatching problem later on in the summer," explained Carter County Health Department regional director Mendy Spohn.

She said there's been no confirmed cases of West Nile mosquitoes in this part of the state, but residents are urged to take all necessary measures to repel the insects.

"Using repellent, that is very important," Spohn said. "If  you are going to be out at the time they are eating or feeding, try to wear long sleeve shirts."

The City of Ardmore doing all it can to help control mosquito populations. Workers will start spraying areas of the city in a couple of weeks.

"They kind of have the city broken up into quadrants," Assistant City Manager Kevin Boatright explained. "Sometimes they will spend more time on one area than the other just because there are more areas that have standing water."

Ardmore residents who observe a mosquito problem in their neighborhood are urged to give the Community Development office a call at 580-223-3477.

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