What to do

July 9, 2013 

What to do

There are ways for people to reduce the risk of contracting West Nile Virus, state health officials said.

The prevention method is known as the “Five D’s”:

• Dusk/dawn: Mosquitoes carrying West Nile virus usually bite at dusk and dawn, so limit outdoor activity at those times.

• Dress: People are encouraged to wear loose-fitting, long-sleeved shirts and pants to reduce skin exposure.

• DEET: Use insect repellent that contains a DEET concentration of at least 20 percent.

• Drain: Empty any containers with standing water.

• Doors: Make sure all doors and windows are in good repair and fit tightly, and repair any torn screens to keep mosquitoes out of the house.

Source: Georgia Department of Public Health

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