Protect Yourself Against West Nile Virus
Summer is in full swing and this is prime West Nile Virus season. Mid-July through August is considered the high risk period for West Nile Virus, due to an increased number of Culex Tarsalis mosquitoes and warmer weather trends. There are a number of ways to protect yourself from West Nile Virus including: Using an insect repellent containing DEET; wearing protective clothing; limit your time outdoors between dusk and dawn; cleaning and emptying containers that can collect water such as bird baths and eavestroughs; clearing yards of old tires and other items that can collect water; ensuring rain barrels are covered with mosquito screening or are tightly sealed around the downspout;
keeping screens on windows and doors in good repair; and keeping bushes, shrubs and lawns clear of overgrowth and debris.
Most people who become infected with West Nile Virus will experience either no symptoms or only mild illness such as fever, headaches and body aches. Meanwhile, individuals who develop severe symptoms such as unusually severe headaches, persistent high fever or confusion, need to seek medical attention immediately.
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