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North Texas Cities to Start West Nile Spraying Thursday
Date:8/16/2012

rus is to avoid getting bitten by mosquitoes, which can pick up the disease from infected birds. The CDC recommends the following steps to protect yourself:

  • Use insect repellents when outside.
  • Wear long sleeves and pants from dawn to dusk.
  • Don't leave standing water outside in open containers, such as flowerpots, buckets and kiddie pools.
  • Install or repair windows and door screens.
  • Use air conditioning when possible.

More information

The U.S. National Library of Medicine has more information on West Nile virus.

SOURCES: Christine Mann, spokeswoman, Texas Department of State Health Services; Marc Fischer, M.D., medical epidemiologist, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Arboviral Diseases Branch, Fort Collins, Colo.; NBC News affiliate in Dallas/Fort Worth


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