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July 30, 2012

Take Precautions to Guard Against Mosquito Bites

OSWEGO - The Oswego County Health Department is reminding people to protect themselves against mosquito-borne diseases such as Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) and West Nile Virus (WNV) this summer.

"These viral infections can cause serious illness such as severe headache, high fever, disorientation, seizures, brain swelling or, in some cases, death," said Jiancheng Huang, public health director for the Oswego County Health Department. "The best protection from these viruses is to guard against mosquito bites."

Insect repellents that contain DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus are effective but should be used with care. Repellents containing permethrin are meant for clothing and gear and should not be applied directly to the skin. Also, repellents containing DEET should not be applied to skin under clothing. Read the product label and use according to package instructions.

Another protective measure against mosquito bites is to limit outdoor activities in areas where mosquitoes are most active and between dusk and dawn which is the peak mosquito biting time.

"It isn't always practical to keep away from the outdoors. If you have to be outside, wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants, shoes and socks as weather permits," said Huang.


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