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There are no vaccines to prevent illness in people from West Nile virus. The CDC recommends the following measures to prevent mosquito bites:

  • Use insect repellent containing an EPA-registered active ingredient when you are outside. Follow the directions on the package.
  • Be sure to use insect repellent and wear long sleeves and pants at dusk and dawn when many mosquitoes are most active. or consider staying indoors during these hours.
  • Make sure you have good screens on your windows and doors to keep mosquitoes out.
  • Get rid of mosquito breeding sites by emptying standing water.  Water should be dumped from flower pots, buckets and barrels. Drill holes in tire swings so water drains out. Keep children's wading pools empty and on their sides when they aren't being used. Change the water in pet dishes and replace the water in bird baths weekly.

Last Updated August 16, 2012

Last Reviewed August 16, 2012