Health department: Protect yourself against mosquitoes

Published: Saturday, June 28, 2014 at 03:18 PM.

•Maintain swimming pools in good condition and appropriately chlorinated. Empty plastic swimming pools when not in use.

•If you must be outside when mosquitoes are active, wear shoes, socks, long pants and long sleeves.

•Apply mosquito repellent to exposed skin and clothing. Always use repellents according to the label. Repellents with 10-30 percent DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or IR3535 are effective.

•Never use repellents on children younger than 2 months. Use mosquito netting to protect children younger than 2 months old.

•Keep mosquitoes out of your house. Repair broken screening on windows, doors, porches and patios.

Most people will not get ill from a mosquito bite. Common symptoms of mosquito-borne virus infection may include headache, fever, fatigue, dizziness, weakness and confusion. Medical attention may be needed.


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