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West Nile Virus - Important Information for Texas

Friday, August 24, 2012

WEST NILE VIRUS—IMPORTANT INFORMATION

The Department of State Health Services has asked CAPCOG to disseminate the following messages:

PREVENTION

Take the following precautions:

  • Use an approved insect repellent every time you go outside and follow the instructions on the label. Approved repellents are those that contain DEET, picaridin, or oil of lemon eucalyptus.
  • Regularly drain standing water, including water that collects in empty cans, tires, buckets, clogged rain gutters, and saucers under potted plants. Mosquitoes breed in stagnant water.
  • Wear long sleeves and pants at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active.
  • Use air conditioning or make sure there are screens on all doors and windows to keep mosquitoes from entering the home.
  • Texans who are elderly and those with chronic medical conditions or compromised immune systems are more vulnerable to developing West Nile illness if they are bitten by an infected mosquito.
  • There is no effective treatment for West Nile Virus illnesses, so it’s important to prevent mosquito bites.

COMMUNITY

  • Help neighbors who are elderly, have disabilities or access and functional needs to repair their windows or door screens to keep mosquitoes out and with other precautions to reduce their risk of becoming ill.
  • Also remember other Texans with access or functional needs in your communities who may need assistance in reducing their risk of illness.

 For the latest information about West Nile Virus in Texas, go to:  www.TxWestNile.org .

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