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Recommendations For Mosquito Control And Preventing West Nile Virus

Summer is quickly approaching, along with mosquitoes and the threat of West Nile Virus (WNV).  When temperatures rise in the summer, the burgeoning mosquito population puts human and animals at risk for contracting WNV which may cause life-altering disease, including encephalitis, and acute inflammation of the brain.  Last year marked the second worst outbreak of WNV since it was first detected in the United States in 1999,  In 2012, a total of 5.674 cases of WNV in people, including 286 deaths, were reported to the CDC.  The following tips and resources provide helpful information for WNV prevention:

– Use an EPA-registered insect repellent whenever you are outdoors

– Mosquitoes are most active at dusk and dawn. Avoid being outdoors during these hours or wear long sleeves and insect repellent

– Check the screens on your windows and doors for holes and tears

– Keep your environment free of standing water and containers where this water might collect and provide breeding sites for mosquitoes

The following resources are helpful:

– The CDC WNV Fact Sheet contains information about how to recognize and prevent WNV

– The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials’  Public Health Confronts the Mosquito Guide outlines how to develop sustainable state and local mosquito control programs

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