Help Reduce Mosquito Population
The weather is warm and humid and the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) and the Georgia Municipal Association are encouraging citizens in Georgia's cities to help reduce the state's mosquito population.
DPH is informing residents of ways to stop viruses that mosquitoes can carry, including the Zika virus. So far there are no reports of locally transmitted Zika cases in Georgia or anywhere in the United States, but cases have been reported in returning travelers.
"We must be cautious, and we must take steps now to prevent Zika from spreading to Georgia or the U.S." said Brenda Fitzgerald, M.D., commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Health.
City of Conyers employees in the Public Works and Transportation and Planning and Inspections departments, in particular, are cognizant of eliminating standing pools of water where mosquitoes can breed, especially when they are conducting inspections or monitoring projects throughout the city limits. City officials and employees are relying on citizens to do their part to take care of potential hazards and breeding grounds for mosquitoes in their own homes and places of business.
For more information on the Zika virus, visit the DPH website.