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Healthy Living: How to Prevent West Nile Virus

Summer is here, and pubic health officials are warning against a possible increase in cases of West Nile Virus this year. Many are worried about the higher number of mosquitoes this season due to warm and wet weather, but preventive measures can be taken to decrease the chance of contracting the virus.

Here are some steps you can take to protect your family from West Nile Virus:

Stop mosquitoes from breeding

  • Get rid of any standing water that may have accumulated in old tires, trash cans, buckets, etc.
  • Change water in bird baths, pet dishes and flower pots twice a week
  • Clean clogged gutters and cover trash cans
  • Maintain pools and spas, and make sure covers don’t hold pockets of water

Prevent mosquitoes bites

  • Use repellent. The most effective contain DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus (do not use DEET products on children under two)
  • Wear protective clothing
  • Try to stay indoors at dawn and dusk, when mosquitoes are most active
  • Install or repair screens

Be aware of mosquito activity:

  • Monitor activity levels by checking mosquito forecasts on sites like The Weather Channel.
Do you have any tips for keeping mosquitoes away? Share them with us.


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