Mosquitoes swarm NC coastal county after Hurricane Dorian

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391296 01: FILE PHOTO: An Asian Tiger mosquito feeds from the blood from a person in an undated photo. Officials are warning about a rare mosquito invading the West Coast that has been known to carry Dengue fever and other diseases abroad. Health officials say that the bugs are coming from Asia in shipments of popular bamboo plants. (Photo by Jack Leonard/New Orleans Mosquito and Termite Control Board/Getty Images)

SWAN QUARTER, N.C. (AP/WNCN) – Mosquitoes have swarmed a North Carolina county in the days since Hurricane Dorian brought heavy rainfall to the area.

Luana Gibbs is the interim health director of Hyde County. She tells The Virginian-Pilot that the mosquitoes are “twice as bad as they were” before the hurricane.

Dorian skirted the North Carolina coast earlier this month and made landfall on the Outer Banks, causing tornadoes and flooding and leaving behind collapsed buildings and homes.

The Hyde County Health Department said in a news release that “have become a huge nuisance” following the storm.

The newspaper reports the mainland portion of Hyde County does not have a mosquito control program after determining six years ago that it was not cost-effective.

County officials are urging people in that area to wear pants and long-sleeve shirts, avoid being outside at dawn and dusk and use mosquito repellent.

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