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Potholes pose West Nile risk

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TYLER (KYTX) - The West Nile virus is back in the spotlight as we head into the hot, humid summer. As we told you in May, one man in Anderson County has already contracted the virus.

CBS 19's Anthony Austin found out about a  West Nile threat you probably see everyday, but never think about.

There's a small river flowing in front of Harry Elmore's North Tyler home.

"I had to come put cement down to try and control it, but it still holding a little on the far end down there," said Elmore.

Elmore says he's working with the city to figure out how to get the water flowing off his street.

"If it sits there stagnant long enough, mosquitoes will breed in it," said Brenda Elrod.

Brenda Elrod with NET Health says a pothole, an overflowing creek, or a blocked drain can pose a problem.

"In this time of year, it's warm, we get some rain, the eggs are there, it causes them to hatch out and we have adult mosquitoes," said Elrod.

Trucks have already begun spraying in Tyler neighborhoods where people have complained to prevent the spread of the West Nile virus.

Elrod says if you notice any standing water, get rid of it. If you see a pothole that needs to be patched, report it.

"It's like building a quilt, one patch at a time, then the whole area will be protected," said Elrod.

So far, two human cases of West Nile are reported in Texas this year in Anderson and Tarrant counties.

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