HURRICANE IRENE

Surge of Va. mosquitoes possible in Irene's wake

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia could feel another bite from Hurricane Irene.

The storm's heavy rains filled places where mosquitoes like to breed, such as low-lying areas and boat bottoms.

David Gaines with the Virginia Department of Health tells the Richmond Times-Dispatch that a boat will produces thousands of mosquitoes.

Virginia Commonwealth University biologist Ghislaine Mayer tells the newspaper that mosquito populations jumped in the aftermath of storms such as Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

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Information from: http://www.timesdispatch.com

 

 

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