Fight the BITE!!

With the West Nile Virus appearing in Bexar County, all residents are advised to take precautions to reduce their risk of contracting the virus.

The Texas Department of State Health Services and Bexar County are recommending the following tips to "Fight the Bite":

• Stay indoors at dusk and dawn. This is the time of day that mosquitoes are most active.

• Dress in long sleeves/pants, loose, and light-colored clothing when outdoors.

• Defend yourself from mosquitoes by using an EPA-registered active ingredient insect repellent that contains DEET, Picaridin, or Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus. Follow label instructions.

• Drain standing water in your yard and neighborhood. Also make sure that flower pots, water dishes, bird baths, and wading pools are properly drained so they are not breeding grounds for mosquitoes.

For more tips from the Texas Department of State Health Services, visit the TDSHS PSA website.

In addition to these precautions, the Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) has several more tips on "Fighting the Bite" and the symptoms and spread of the virus. You may visit the CDC here.

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