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In this Jan. 18, 2016, file photo, a female Aedes aegypti mosquito acquires a blood meal on the arm of a researcher at the Biomedical Sciences Institute in the Sao Paulo's University in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Andre Penner, File / AP Photo

Mosquitoes are thriving with all the rain in Georgia this summer, and that heightens attention on the West Nile virus.

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Standing water is a haven for mosquitoes, according to UGA Extension entomologist Elmer Gray.

“I was out looking around, and there are mosquito larvae everywhere,” Gray said.

Eight Georgians have been diagnosed with West Nile so far this year according to the Georgia Department of Public Health.

Georgia Gets Ready For Unpredictable Mosquito Season

May 18, 2017
2006 photo from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta shows a female Aedes aegypti mosquito acquiring a blood meal from a human host.
James Gathany / AP/CDC

Fulton County has already started spraying for mosquitoes, but it can be hard to predict how bad the bugs will be.

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Fulton County started its mosquito control program in 2001, when Georgia saw its first case of West Nile virus. Kathleen Toomey, the county's health director, said Fulton has continued the program because of other mosquito-borne diseases, like Zika.