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The Fight Against West Nile Virus Begins Again: Learn Simple, Effective Tips to Protect Yourself and Family
Date:6/11/2013

Seattle, WA (PRWEB) June 11, 2013

2013 has brought with it record Lyme disease risk and now concerns about West Nile Virus. In Texas the first human case of West Nile has been confirmed in Anderson County. Health officials are urging people to take measures to protect themselves and their families.

According to the CDC, nine states have reported West Nile virus infections. The CDC website states that most often, WNV is spread by the bite of an infected mosquito. Mosquitoes become infected when they feed on infected birds. Infected mosquitoes can then spread WNV to humans and other animals when they bite. http://www.cdc.gov/westnile/index.html

Last year, Texas reported 1,868 human cases of West Nile illness, including 89 deaths. It was the worst outbreak in the nation.

Here are a few tips to help protect yourself, your family and outdoor working employees.

What Steps Can People Take To Protect Themselves from West Nile Virus Infection?

  • Be aware of the local West Nile virus activity and take action to stay protected
  • Information about where WNV cases are occurring in the United States is available via: http://www.cdc.gov/westnile/statsMaps/preliminaryMapsData/activitystatedate.html
  • The best way to prevent West Nile virus disease is to avoid mosquito bites
  • Use insect repellents on exposed skin when you go outdoors
  • Wear long sleeve shirts, pants, sock and/or hats that are treated with Insect Shield® Repellent Technology – especially during dawn and dusk hours when mosquito activity peaks.

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