Health Watch - Bites and Stings: Mosquito Bites

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about the bites and stings that can come from outdoor summertime activities. West Nile virus is still a threat, and you can protect yourself from it by protecting yourself from the mosquitoes that carry and spread it.

Infectious-disease experts at UT Southwestern Medical Center say the elderly are most at risk for getting seriously ill from West Nile virus, so those older than 70 should take extra precautions against mosquitoes.

To prevent mosquito bites, avoid outdoor activities or gardening at dawn and dusk, when mosquitoes are most active, and use an insect repellent containing DEET when you are outdoors. Use window screens or keep windows closed, especially at night. Limit mosquito breeding areas by getting rid of standing water, changing water in pet bowls or bird baths daily and keeping trash covered.

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June 2010


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