A few precautions can minimize your family’s risk for West Nile Virus
With the number of reported West Nile Virus cases increasing, it’s important to take precautions to minimize the risk for your family. West Nile is spread through mosquito bites. When it comes to protecting yourself and your family from mosquito bites, a few common sense tips can make a difference:
1. Try to stay indoors at peak mosquito biting times, the hours between dusk and dawn.
2. When possible, wear long sleeves, pants and socks when you are outdoors, but particularly during peak biting times.
3. Mosquitoes may bite through thin clothing, so spraying thin clothing with insect repellent containing permethrin or DEET can give you extra protection.
- Don’t apply repellents containing permethrin directly to skin.
- Do not spray repellent containing DEET on the skin under your clothing.
4. To protect your home, drain or limit standing water around your home (puddles, old tires, clogged rain gutters, flower pots, etc.) Standing water is prime real estate for mosquito breeding sites.
5. Make sure all your window and door screens are fitted tight.
6. If you see a dead bird in your community, report it to a local or state health department.
7. Work with your neighbors to clean up potential mosquito breeding sites in your community.
For more information about West Nile Virus in your local community visit: http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/westnile/