Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Protect yourself against the West Nile Virus

The Centers for Disease Prevention and Control recently reported that there has been an increase in the number of West Nile cases throughout the United States. West Nile Virus (WNV) is a disease transmitted to people by mosquitoes. Although most people who are infected have no symptoms or only mild flu-like symptoms, a small number of infected people can develop more serious symptoms that can have severe complications.

The best way to prevent WNV is to protect yourself from getting mosquito bites. Wear insect repellent and long sleeves/pants if you are outdoors, especially during dusk and dawn. Eliminate any standing water in flower pots or buckets where mosquitoes could breed. Learn more with this fact sheet from the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services.

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