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We are entering West Nile Virus (WNV) mosquito season. Currently, there are no r…

We are entering West Nile Virus (WNV) mosquito season. Currently, there are no reported human cases of WNV infection in Weld County. However, there are steps you can take to protect yourself from mosquito bites and prevent WNV infection. Practice the four D’s: DRAIN standing water around your house weekly. Remember to drain water from tires, cans, flowerpots, clogged rain gutters, rain barrels, toys and puddles. DUSK and DAWN are when mosquitoes are most active. Limit outdoor activities and take precautions to prevent mosquito bites during these times. DEET is an effective ingredient to look for in insect repellents. Other repellents containing picaridin, IR3535, oil of lemon eucalyptus or para-menthane-diol are also effective against mosquitoes. Always follow the product label instructions carefully. DRESS in long sleeves and pants, and a hat, in areas where mosquitoes are active.

For more information about preventing mosquito bites and WNV, visit Health Hot Topics at http://bit.ly/WeldWNV.

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