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West Nile Virus

West Nile Virus is a mosquito-borne infection that can cause serious illness in humans and may even be fatal.
To protect our community and to help reduce the mosquito population, here are some things you can do:

  • Remove from around your home and neighborhood anything that might hold standing water. For example: old tires, wheelbarrows, cans, bottles, buckets, toys, pool covers, flowerpots, and empty plant containers. Containers such as kiddie pools and birdbaths require a change of water every three to four days to prevent mosquito breeding.
  • Ensure all window/door screens are intact.
  • Report any dead birds that you find to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) at 1-866-537-BIRD (2473). Dead birds especially crows may be infected with the virus.
  • Protect yourself from mosquito bites. When mosquitoes are present:
    • Wear long sleeves and long pants.
    • Take extra precautions at dawn and dusk.
    • Use proper insect repellent - Follow instructions carefully. Never allow children to apply insect repellent, a parent or adult should apply and avoid applying to the child's hands. Repellents should not be used on children under three years of age.
    • Discuss any health concerns with your health care provider.

The following links will provide more detailed information on the West Nile Virus.