Last month's severe flooding damaged many southwest Georgia homes and businesses, and the overabundance of water continues to harmfully affect residents in the form of mosquitoes.
Southwest District Health Director Dr. Jacqueline Grant has declared a mosquito health emergency in 13 south Georgia counties. The declaration is for Baker, Calhoun, Colquitt, Decatur, Dougherty, Early, Grady, Lee, Miller, Mitchell, Seminole, Thomas, and Worth counties. All 13 counties will receive some type of aid to help combat the mosquito problem.
Dr. Grant acknowledges the increase in mosquito annoyances. "In our district, we know we had 20 to 25 inches of rain in Dougherty County alone and the calls from the public in Dougherty County has increased by 200 percent with complaints about mosquitoes," said Grant.