West Nile Virus Prevention
- What It Is
- Risk Factors
- Living With
- User Questions
- Alternative Treatment
- Care Guide
- Questions for Your Doctor
- When to Contact a Doctor
- Find a Doctor
- Resource Guide
How to Prevent West Nile Virus
The best preventive measure is to avoid mosquito bites. Tips to do so include the following:
- Avoid going outdoors at dawn or dusk.
- Wear long pants and long-sleeve shirts when outdoors.
- Use an insect repellent with the chemical DEET (N,N-diethyl-3-methylbenzamide).
- Repair screens to prevent mosquitoes from entering the house.
- Remove standing water, such as birdbaths, to prevent mosquito breeding.
- Clean clogged gutters to remove pooled water.
Other prevention tips include the following:
- Donate your own blood before elective surgery.
- Do not donate blood if you are feeling ill or have a fever.
- Do not touch dead birds unless you are wearing disposable gloves.
- Notify the public health department if you find a dead bird.
Researchers are developing a vaccine for people at high risk.
There are no articles are available for West Nile Virus.
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