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West Nile Prevention

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     KENNEWICK, Wash;-- During this peak month of mosquito activity health specialists are worried about the West Nile Virus reaching a greater number of people, so it's important that you take precautions when spending your time outdoors this Labor Day weekend.

     Try to avoid being outdoors at night when mosquitos are most active. When you do go outside wear shoes and socks  Furthermore, observe your yard and empty any standing water in dishes or plant pots. Most importantly, always remember to use insect repellent.

     "August and September are our peak concerns for human cases for West Nile, and the reason for that is because it's starting to build in our bird population," environmental health specialist Susan Shelton said. "It is a bird illness but then mosquitos can transfer it down to people. This time of year the birds are going to start leaving, so the mosquitos are going to have less food out there and possibly be going into people."

     The West Nile Virus has been around in the United States for about ten years, and health experts say it still isn't treatable.