How can West Nile virus infection be prevented?
It can be prevented by controlling the mosquito population and protecting against mosquito bites:
  • Wear long, loose and light-colored clothing.
  • If possible, stay indoors when mosquitoes are biting.
  • Use insect repellent products with no more than 35% DEET for adults and less than 10% for children.
  • Turn over or remove containers in your yard where water collects, such as old tires, potted plant trays, buckets, and toys.
  • Eliminate standing water on tarps or flat roofs.
  • Clean out birdbaths and wading pools once a week.
  • Clean roof gutters and downspout screens.

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1. Who gets West Nile Virus infection?
2. How is West Nile virus spread?
3. I’ve gotten a mosquito bite. Should I be tested for West Nile Virus infection?
4. What are the symptoms of West Nile Virus infection?
5. How soon after exposure do symptoms appear?
6. Does past infection with West Nile Virus make a person immune?
7. What is the treatment for West Nile Virus infection? Is there a vaccine for West Nile Virus?
8. How can West Nile virus infection be prevented?