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South Augusta Pool Is A Health Code Violation

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Fred Koehle, Operations Manager of Richmond County Mosquito Control says, "A bad swimming pool, 20 by 40 foot in a season can produce three quarters of a million mosquitoes."

No, this is not a forest, it's someone's backyard pool.

It's so bad here-trees shooting high in the air are growing in the water. It's no longer a place for kids to play. It's now a breeding ground for killer mosquitoes.

Fred Koehle, Operations Manager of Richmond County Mosquito Control says, "When you stop to think about three quarters to a million mosquitoes coming out of one swimming pool in a five to six month period. That's a serious situation."

After last year's deadly West Nile outbreak across the CSRA health department investigators are concerned this bad pool is a breeding ground.

Fred Koehle, Operations Manager of Richmond County Mosquito Control says, "West Nile's always a threat. Last year we had three cases in Richmond County, three cases in Columbia County, we had 5 cases in Aiken County with one death."

With the heavy rain lately, one CSRA mosquito expert sees the problem only getting worse-very soon.

Scott Anderson, Owner of Mosquito Squad says, "It'll break dormancy on the eggs for the mosquitoes, the mosquito eggs breaks them into other life cycles and they'll start to emerge as adults and it should push a lot of mosquitoes."

Mosquitoes from this un maintained pool could hit up to 750 thousand and fly two to three miles from here.

If one of those mosquitoes has West Nile, it can be worse than just a bite, it could be life-threatening.

Fred Koehle, Operations Manager of Richmond County Mosquito Control says, "West Nile is an encephalitis. It's caused by a mosquito bite. That can leave you with severe arthritic problems later on. It can go into encephalitis, which is swelling in the spinal cord in the brain and it can really cause some serious situations."

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