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I-85 eyesore a breeding ground for mosquitoes

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Armed with a backpack blower full of larvicide, DeKalb County environmental health officials treated mosquito infested areas next to an abandoned building at 4001 Presidential Parkway in Atlanta.

“We have a very active program to minimize the mosquito population because we don’t want residents getting West Nile virus or Zika if it happens to come in the area,” DeKalb Environmental Health Official Juanette Willis said.

“I thought it was sewer water,” resident Stephanie McCleod said.

McCleod expressed serious concern about this filthy swimming pool, which belongs to the 14-story high rise near spaghetti junction.

“It looks like its been sitting for years. Trash floating in it, old pipes, bugs, mosquitoes. This is not a place I want to be around,” McCleod said.

DeKalb County Commissioner Nancy Jester inspected the property a couple a weeks ago and returned again Thursday to inform us that code enforcement has cited the property owners more than a dozen times, but the problem still persists.

“It’s not going to go away as long as you have a breeding ground for them,” McCleod said.

It’s a health hazard which impacts thousands of people who pass through this area every day.

“We all come outside at one point in the day and there’s not a certain time mosquitoes bite. So if I come out on my lunch and get eaten up by mosquitoes, I may contract something and take it home to my family,” McCleod said.

CBS46 spoke with some contractors on site Thursday who said the property is being sold and will eventually be renovated.

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