How To Prevent West Nile

Dr. William Schaffner shares tips on how to stay free of West Nile.
3:00 | 08/22/12

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So West Nile Virus is transmitted to us to humans by mosquitoes so everything we can do to avoid contact with mosquitoes to avoid being bitten as a good thing. First. A lot of the Biden takes place in and around your home so go around the outside your home check to see if there's any standing water. -- check out gutters for example places like that and then get rid of that water -- the mosquitoes can breed there. And then of course insect repellent mosquito repellent is very important. Could've gone especially if you're going out in the morning or late in the afternoon because that's when he disliked -- And try. What's hot out but try if you're going out -- those hours long sleeve shirts and long trousers or slacks for the ladies. Anything you can do to avoid getting bitten by those mosquitoes. West Nile will calls an illness with fever. And it's often associated with aches and pains and feeling poorly. And that will take you to the doctor fortunately. Most people don't get. What we called encephalitis or that -- invasive form of the disease only 1% of people to that. But they -- to older so in particular. Older people need to take extra special care in avoiding. -- getting bitten by mosquitoes. Now if you're in west Nile area and do develop fever for sure call your doctor go to the emergency -- let -- check you out. Because if you have the more severe form of the disease. Of course he'll be hospitalized. And -- -- you -- -- supportive care necessary. Why your body fights off the infection. And you get better.

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