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Take precautions to prevent West Nile virus

August 16, 2002|by KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI

The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene recommends the public take the following precautions to avoid West Nile virus infection.

  • Since mosquitos are attracted to stagnant water, clean gutters to allow water to flow freely.

  • Remove old tires or drill holes in tires used for playground equipment.

  • Turn over wading pools, wheelbarrows, wagons and carts when not in use.

  • Replace water in birdbaths at least twice a week.

  • Turn garbage can lids upside down and make sure trash receptacles don't contain water.

  • Fix dripping faucets.

  • Aerate ornamental pools and water gardens or stock with fish and use a circulating filter.

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