Reduce Your Risk
Here's how you can prevent viruses carried by mosquitoes:
Empty any containers of standing water in your yard; if they're
necessary (i.e., a birdbath), change the water weekly. An old
tire collecting rainwater can breed thousands of mosquitoes.
Stay indoors at dawn, dusk, and in the early evening.
Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants.
Use insect repellent with 20-35% percent DEET or permethrin on
exposed skin and on thin clothing. Avoid repellents with higher
DEET concentrations. Follow the directions on the repellent
Be careful when covering the kids with repellents. Insect
repellents can irritate the eyes and mouth, so use it on their
hands sparingly. Do not use any repellents on kids under 3.
Remember, Vitamin B and ultrasonic devices don't deter
Domestic animals, including dogs and cats, are at risk for some types of
encephalitis, including West Nile Virus. Dogs are at a higher risk than
cats, and horses are most at risk. Pets can't transmit the disease to
their owners or to other animals. If you suspect an animal has
encephalitis, contact a veterinarian immediately. Most likely it will
recover from the disease.