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|Mary E. O'Dowd, M.P.H.|
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With the arrival of spring, it’s time to take important steps to protect yourself and your family against West Nile Virus (WNV) infection.
WNV is transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito, so it’s important to take steps to prevent getting mosquito bites and to clean or remove items on your property that can serve as mosquito breeding grounds.
“We’ve had a wet spring this year, and that provides a perfect environment for mosquitoes and the spread of
“It’s also important to remove or clean anything that can collect rain or sprinkler water – such as clogged gutters, flower pots, bottle caps or old car tires. If you have a birdbath in your yard, remember to change the water at least once a week. Check and repair your window and door screens, as needed,” she added.
WNV is an arboviral disease which people can acquire through the bite of a mosquito that has fed on an infected bird. WNV is not directly transmitted from birds to humans. Last year, there were 30 human cases of WNV, including two deaths.
About one in 150 persons, or less than 1 percent of those infected with
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