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Older adults warned of West Nile risks

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Federal health officials are warning older adults to take extra steps to protect themselves against the mosquito responsible for this summer's record outbreak of West Nile virus.

The first cases of West Nile in Clark County were confirmed Tuesday.

AARP has compiled steps people 50 and older should take to protect themselves against this deadly virus:

  • Avoid Dawn and Dusk - Mosquitoes bite the most at dawn and dusk, so try to avoid going outside during those hours.
  • Use Bug Spray from DEET - When you do go outside, use insect repellent containing DEET. Just be sure to follow the directions, don't use it on infants and wash your hands after applying.
  • Wear long pants and long-sleeved shirts when you go outside - They will help protect your skin from bites. You can even spray your clothes with bug spray for more protection.
  • Get rid of standing water - Mosquitoes breed in water, so get rid of water that has collected in kiddie pools (stand the pools on their side when they're not being used), pet bowls, gutters, potted-plant saucers, birdbaths, trash cans, etc.
  • Use screens on windows - Make sure your windows all have screens, and patch any holes where mosquitoes could get inside.

Officials from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say the country is experiencing the worst outbreak of West Nile virus in the country's history. The virus is confirmed in 47 states and is blamed for 41 deaths.

For more information from AARP on how to stay safe click, here


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