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      The dangers and precautions of mosquito season

      How will you fight the bite? The City of Amarillo is trying to help as crews are now treating the water to protect you from mosquitoes this rain has brought on, but they need your help, too.

      With the blessing of rain fall comes mosquitoes and people need to take precautions to avoid their bite.

      Aside from being uncomfortable and leaving itchy marks, mosquitoes can carry many dangerous diseases.

      "Only female mosquitoes bite, but you can't tell by looking at a mosquito if it's carrying the virus or not," said Environmental Health Department Director, Deree Duke "It's common and it's possible so just avoid being bitten."

      The most common disease transferred from mosquitoes to people is West Nile Virus, but others include Malaria, Yellow Fever, and Dengue Fever.

      2012 was one of the record years for mosquito caught diseases in Texas, and the symptoms are often similar to the flu, but they won't go away.

      "If you're experiencing any other feeling of fatigue or weakness, you need to see a physician." said Duke "There is not a virus treatment, but they can treat the symptoms and help you get over the disease easier."

      The Amarillo Health Department has some precautionary steps that you can take to stay safe.

      Always use insect repellents and traps and you should eliminate any standing water.

      "If you find any standing water in anything that holds water, just tip and toss that water out, refill it, and that will help us control the amount of adult mosquitoes we have." said Duke

      It is the time of year to be outdoors, but Duke said avoid going out at dawn or dusk, which are prime mosquito times. However, you can work to make your yard a mosquito free zone.

      "You can get real creative in your own back yard by applying chemicals and spraying your own yards and vegetation," said Duke "Something that's really easy to do is mow and cut your weeds down to eliminate the hiding areas and resting areas of mosquitoes on your property."

      As of this week of July 18, 2013 only two cases of mosquito-caught diseases have been recorded in the State of Texas. Neither of those cases are from the Amarillo area.