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Sandy Rebuilding Poses Mosquito Risk In New Jersey

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TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Rebuilding after Superstorm Sandy raises the risk of more mosquitoes in New Jersey.

The state Health Department says the storm has left behind wet debris piles and depressions from fallen trees. Mosquitoes will breed in standing water.

Health officials say it’s important to empty water from flower pots, birdbaths and swimming pool covers. The department also says remove discarded tires.

New Jersey had the state’s largest number of human cases of West Nile virus last year. Six of the 48 people in New Jersey who had the mosquito-borne illness died.

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