What can I do to protect myself from mosquitoes and the West Nile Virus?
West Nile Virus (wnv) and Mosquito control
WNV is usually spread through the bites from infected mosquitoes.

Mosquitoes pick up the virus from birds that are infected with WNV.

Symptoms of WNV are often so mild, many people who contract WNV never know it and recover fully from it.

Severe WNV infections may include symptoms such as a high fever, headaches, muscle aches, weakness, seizures, paralysis and/or result in death. These infections are rare.

Those at the greatest risk for WNV include people age 50 and older and immuno-compromised individuals.

Mosquito breeding areas may include bird-baths, flower pots, used tires, floodwater areas, clogged storm drains, gutters, marshes, non-chlorinated backyard pools and other areas susceptible to water collection.

When symptoms occur, it is usually within 3 to 15 days after the mosquito bite.

You can help control the mosquito population and prevent WNV by following these simple steps:

Remove old tires, and buckets from your yard
Change the water in birdbaths and pet dishes every 3 days
Avoid over-watering flower pots and gardens
Clean gutters regularly
Keep pools chlorinated and cover them when possible
Repair holes that cause puddles in driveways and yards
Apply 30 % DEET repellent when outdoors – Use no more than 10% DEET on children
Wear baggy or loose-fitting clothing when outdoors
Repair holes in door and window screens
Avoid outdoor activities between dusk and dawn
Replace outdoor lights with yellow “bug” lights and avoid using bug zappers--they attract more mosquitoes than they kill

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