With the number of confirmed cases of birds with the West Nile virus on the rise in Washington County, residents are being urged to take precautions to combat the spread of the virus.
People can reduce their risk of becoming infected with West Nile virus by taking the following steps to avoid mosquitoes:
- Staying indoors at dawn or early in the evening.
- Wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants when going outdoors.
- Spraying clothing with repellents containing permethrin or DEET, since mosquitoes may bite through thin clothing.
- Applying insect repellent sparingly to exposed skin and following package instructions. An effective repellent contains 30 percent DEET (N, N-diethylmeta- toluamide). Higher concentrations of DEET do not provide additional protection. Contact your local health-care provider before applying DEET products to children.
Mosquitoes can breed in as little as one-quarter of an inch of water. In addition to the personal protective measures listed above, residents should take the following precautions to reduce mosquito-breeding sites: