“We are in the midst of one of the worst West Nile virus outbreaks ever seen in the U.S.” ~ Dr. Lyle Peterson, Center for Disease Control. Read how you can protect yourself.
Tips for Prevention
There are no vaccines to prevent West Nile infections and no medications to treat the disease, which is more dangerous to people older than 50. To reduce exposure, public health officials urge people to:
- use repellent;
- wear long sleeves and pants at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active;
- make sure there are screens on all doors and windows to keep mosquitoes out; and
- regularly drain any standing water.