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More Positive West Nile Mosquitoes Found: Get 5 Tips on Avoiding Mosquito Bites

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Five more mosquito samples in the Reno area have tested positive for West Nile Virus, according to the Washoe County Health District.  Samples were obtained the South Meadows area. Early-morning fogging will be conducted in the area to reduce mosquito numbers.

“With continued hot weather following the increased thunderstorm activity we had recently, we anticipate more positive tests confirming West Nile Virus in the mosquito population. Everyone should know how to keep from being bitten,” said Washoe County Health District Communications Manager Phil Ulibarri.

Here are five tips from the county to avoid mosquito bites:

  1. Wear proper clothing and repellent when outdoors especially in the early morning and evening.
  2. Repellants containing DEET, picaradin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR3535 are the best when used according to label instructions. DEET can be used safely on infants and children 2 months of age and older.
  3. Ensure that doors and windows have tight-fitting screens to keep mosquitoes out.
  4. Clear standing water and any items from around homes. Standing water is a potential mosquito breeding-ground.
  5. Vaccinate horses for WNV.

Information on the county’s Vector-Borne Disease Prevention Program is available here: http://bit.ly/1SCOM2g.

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