Tips To Protect Yourself From West Nile Virus

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West Nile Virus

Allegheny County residents urged to protect themselves from the West Nile virus this summer by ridding their property of mosquito breeding sites and taking precautions to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes.


"The best ways to reduce the risk of West Nile infection are eliminating standing water where mosquitoes breed and using insect repellent during peak mosquito-biting times in the early morning and early evening," said County Health Director Dr. Bruce W. Dixon.

Mosquitoes can develop in hot, humid weather within a matter of just a few days, in small amounts of standing water, as little as the amount of water an upside-down bottle cap would hold.

Health officials offer these tips to fend off mosquitoes and the West Nile virus: