As temperatures rise, mosquitoes are more prevalent and that means time to take precautions against contracting West Nile virus.
West Nile virus is spread to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito that has bitten an infected bird. Mosquitoes that carry West Nile virus breed in stagnant water.
Practice the three R’s – reduce, repel, and report, to protect yourself from mosquito bites.
Reduce exposure by not being outdoors when mosquitoes are most active especially between dusk and dawn. Keep doors and windows shut at night.
Repel mosquitoes with insect repellent containing DEET and when outdoors wear protective clothing.
Report dead birds to the local health department. They will collect them and test for West Nile virus. Report areas of stagnant water in roadside ditches, flooded yards, and other locations to your municipal government agency.
For more information, call the Bond County Health Department.