Health officials caution to prevent mosquito breeding and bites

June 23, 2014 10:45 PM

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Last week, Georgia Department of Public Health confirmed the state’s first human case of chikungunya, a disease that causes severe joint pain and fever. Although not as deadly as West Nile virus or other mosquito-transmitted diseases, local mosquito control officials said it’s just a matter of time before chikungunya shows up in Augusta.

“It’s not if, it’s when,” said Fred Koehle, special projects manager for Richmond County Mosquito Control.

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