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Rain Water Drying Up And Drawing Mosquito Population Out In Oklahoma

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Experts said all the standing water around Oklahoma is finally drying up and it's drawing out the mosquito population in droves. 

Oklahoma City environmental unit supervisor Derek Johnson said his people check mosquito traps once a week. Those mosquitoes trapped are taken to the City-County Health Department, where they are tested for the West Nile Virus. “Surveillance is important, to know if the virus has made it into this particular area within the population of mosquitoes,” he said Tuesday. 

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Johnson said the best way to avoid mosquito bite exposure is to use repellent that has DEET and to avoid standing water. “Whether it's in dog watering bowls, or plant vases, and even gutters are another source,” he said.

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