West Nile Virus and Mosquito Control

Thursday, August 07, 2014

West Nile virus is most commonly transmitted to humans by mosquitoes. In todays 60 Second Housecall, Dr. Edward Hill gives us some tips for avoiding mosquitoes.

Dr. Hill:

The most effective way to avoid West Nile virus is to prevent mosquito bites. Stay aware of any West Nile virus cases in your area and take action to avoid mosquitoes to help protect yourself and your family.

Use insect repellents when you go outdoors. Repellents should be used according to the label instructions.

When weather permits, wear long sleeves, long pants and socks when outdoors. Mosquitoes may bite through thin clothing, so spraying clothes with repellent will give extra protection.

Take extra care during peak mosquito biting hours. Use repellent and wear protective clothing from dusk to dawn or consider avoiding outdoor activities during these times.

Help reduce the number of mosquitoes around your home by emptying standing water from flowerpots, gutters, buckets, pool covers, pet water dishes, discarded tires and birdbaths on a regular basis.

Report any dead birds you see to local authorities. Dead birds may be a sign that West Nile virus is circulating between birds and the mosquitoes in an area.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.