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Sunday, 19 August 2012 11:55

West Nile Virus has been reported in many Texas areas, including Williamson and Travis Counties.  The Texas Department of State Health Services and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) offer these tips to avoiding risk.

The 4Ds

1.  DRAIN standing water in clogged rain gutters, flowerpots, wheelbarrows, garden ornaments, trash cans, toys, tarps, pool covers, etc.  Change water in birdbaths and fountains frequently.

2.  DRESS in long sleeves/pants - light colored clothing when outdoors

3.  Use an insect repellent that contains DEET, picaridin, IR3535, and plant-based oil of lemon eucalyptus.  Follow label instructions.  CDC -- Insect Repellents

4.  Avoid being outside at DUSK and DAWN when mosquitoes are most active.

Additional information can be found at the DSHS and CDC websites - check the sidebars for topics.

DSHS homepage

CDC homepage

CDC Fact Sheet - West Nile Virus