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Columbus Residents Asked to Help Lessen Mosquitoes' Impact

COLUMBUS (Ken Hines) -- City workers are calling on the public to help limit mosquito-related problems this summer.

Health officials are trying to reduce the chance that Columbus residents will contract West Nile Virus during the summer months after the illness was seen in record numbers in the city in each of the past 2 years.

Workers are treating problem areas all over the city, but say Columbus residents also have a part to play in the prevention process.

"We can't go in everyone's backyard and check to make sure that their tires or other areas aren't holding water," Columbus Vector Control's Scott Whittaker said. "So we really need residents to do their part and check gutters and other areas of standing water."

City workers will begin spraying for mosquitoes after Independence Day.
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