West Nile Virus is a mosquito-borne illness. Up to 80% of people infected with West Nile Virus will have no symptoms and will recover on their own, however, some cases can cause serious illness or death. People over 50 and those with weakened immune systems are at a higher risk of becoming ill if they are infected with the virus.
How To Prepare
Personal Preparedness is the BEST defense against contracting West Nile Virus.
Follow the four "D's":
1. Use insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, or oil of lemon eucalyptus.
2. Dress in long sleeves and long pants when you are outside.
3. Stay indoors at dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active.
4. Drain standing water where mosquitoes breed. Common breeding sites include old tires, flower pots, and clogged rain gutters.