ATLANTA — The discovery of West Nile mosquitoes this week at 11 DeKalb County locations brought renewed focus on how best to combat the sometimes-deadly disease. Atlanta was ranked #1 on Orkin’s Mosquito Cities List for the sixth consecutive year back in May, and Orkin entomologist Mark Beavers said communities will likely have to battle the virus for several years to come.

“West Nile was introduced back in 1999, and it’s spread across the nation since then,” he said. “Each year, there are 20,000 cases, and in about 100 of those cases are fatal. We’ve had West Nile each year in Atlanta since 2016.”

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