Protect Yourself From West Nile Virus

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The heat of summer seems to bring out the bugs. Mosquitoes are especially active at sunrise and sunset. Many people like to exercise outdoors during warm weather. Running, jogging and bicycling in the park or along a tree-lined path can be an enjoyable experience while you get a good workout. It’s enjoyable until the mosquitoes start to bite! Mosquito bites carry more than a maddening itch. Some mosquitoes carry disease, such as the West Nile virus. The West Nile virus causes flue-like symptoms, which usually clear up in a few days. However, some people may develop severe problems that affect the brain and nervous system. Learn how to protect yourself from mosquito bites and infections. 
The best way to avoid West Nile virus is to not be bitten in the first place. Avoid places where mosquitoes tend to favor, such as areas with standing, stagnant water, swamps and damp shady areas. The city is not free of mosquitoes. Mosquitoes breed in any standing water, including sewer drains and building gutters. Avoid exercising outdoors at dusk or early in the morning. Mosquitoes are most active during these times. 
When exercising outdoors, wear light color clothing with long sleeves. Wear long pants and socks too. Apply mosquito repellent to exposed areas of your body or use a belt clip mosquito repellent. If you are remiss to use a chemical repellent, there are effective natural mosquito repellents available over-the-counter at pharmacies, department stores and health stores. 

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