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Health Officials: Weather Patterns Ideal for Mosquitoes, Ticks

BRANSON, Mo. -- Heavy rain in early August could attract insects and other pests as summer ends.
BRANSON, Mo. -- Heavy rain in early August could attract insects and other pests as summer ends, increasing the risk for diseases like West Nile Virus and Lyme Disease.

One of the worst places for mosquitoes along Lake Taneycomo is Sunset Park, which collects water as it runs down the hill. Water often stands several inches deep in the middle of the park following a heavy rain.

Dalton Lambert, who routinely visits a friend who lives across from the park, said the mosquitoes have been unbearable for the past several weeks.

"Mostly they come out in the evenings," he said. "The best way to get rid of them is to wear repellent. Keep your door shut. You know, they carry diseases and they're annoying little bugs."

Lambert echoed the concerns of Kim Foster, an epidemiologist for the Taney Co. Health Dept. Foster recently issued a press release warning of an increased risk for disease outbreak spread by ticks or mosquitoes.

"When you get the extra foliage and all the extra water you increase your incidents of mosquitoes," she explained, noting that even mosquitoes can breed even in dry conditions with just a spoonful of water. "Mainly we want to recommend, mornings, late evenings, to protect yourself with DEET. Wear long sleeves, dark clothing."
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