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Protect Yourself from West Nile Virus July 30, 2014

Posted by mvarlan in Uncategorized.
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Maricopa County Department of Public Health recently announced the county’s first death of the season from West Nile Virus. The victim was an East Valley man with underlying health issues. West Nile Virus is spread through the bite of an infected mosquito.

Simple precautions to avoid mosquitos and the diseases they carry include:

  • Avoid outside activity between dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active.
  • If you must be outdoors during this time, wear lightweight clothing that covers your arms and legs and use an insect repellent (follow the directions).
  • Make sure doors and windows have tight-fitting screens and remain closed.
  • Eliminate mosquito-breeding sites around the home by removing standing water in potted plants, containers, etc. Change the water in outdoor flowerpots, birdbaths, and pet bowls at least twice a week.
  • Properly maintain swimming pools and decorative water features.

Regards,

Maggie Bobrowitz, RN, MBA
Neuroscience Program Coordinator
Barrow NPH Center

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