3 Ways to Protect Against Infected Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes in Fresno have recently tested positive for St. Louis Encephalitis, meaning that they can potentially infect people with West Nile Virus.

While 8 out of 10 people have no symptoms from West Nile virus, others may develop a fever, headache, body and joint aches, vomiting, diarrhea or rash.

Click here to learn more about symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of West Nile Virus.

Prevention

Take the time to help protect yourself and your family against infected mosquitos.

Use Insect Repellents- Look for insect repellents with an active ingredient such as DEET, Picaridin, IR3535, Oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE), para-menthane-diol (PMD), or 2-undecanone. Check out this website to find the repellent that is right for you.

Cover Up- Wear long sleeved clothing and treat clothing, shoes, and other gear with permethrin.

Be Proactive- Make sure you don’t have any areas close by that have standing water, a natural gathering for mosquitos. Use your air conditioner as much as possible, and keep screens hole-free to help keep mosquitos from entering the home.

If you have any questions or additional health concerns, contact your family physician, who can direct and provide you with appropriate recommendations based upon your symptoms.

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