How can I help protect myself and my family from West Nile Virus?

The best way to protect you from WNV, or any other mosquito-borne illness, is to reduce the number of mosquitoes around your home and neighborhood and to take personal precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

These are some of the preventative steps that you can easily take: - Eliminate standing water where mosquitoes can breed. Check for items outside the home that collect water, such as cans, bottles, jars, buckets, old tires, drums and other containers. - Scrub the sides and change water in flower vases, birdbaths, planters and animal watering pans at least twice a week. - Repair leaky pipes and outside faucets, and move air conditioner drain hoses frequently. - Wear protective clothing such as long pants and long-sleeved shirts during peak mosquito activity. - Avoid shaded, bushy areas where mosquitoes like to rest. - Limit outdoor evening activity, especially at dusk and down when mosquitoes are most active. - Use insect repellent containing DEET (Please read instructions and use safely).

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1. What is West Nile Virus?
2. How do people become infected with West Nile Virus?
3. How do mosquitoes become infected with West Nile Virus?
4. What is "encephalitis"?
5. Who is at risk of getting sick from West Nile Virus?
6. What are the symptoms of West Nile Virus infection?
7. Is there a treatment for West Nile Virus infection?
8. Is there a vaccine to prevent West Nile Virus infection?
9. Can I get WNV from another person or an animal?
10. Can I get WNV directly from birds?
11. If bitten by a mosquito, should I be tested for WNV?
12. What time of year are mosquito-borne viruses spread?
13. How can I help protect myself and my family from West Nile Virus?
14. Which animals can get infected with West Nile Virus?
15. Can a person get West Nile Virus infection by eating infected birds?
16. What is Maricopa County doing to prepare for West Nile Virus?
17. Where can I get more information on West Nile Virus (WNV)?