West Nile wisdom

Simple steps for staving off infection

Since mosquitoes transmit West Nile virus, preventing bites prevents infection. And remember, disease-vector species can be stealthy—you may not see or hear them, or even feel their bite. Being prepared is your only defense. In addition to keeping your property free of standing water:

• Always use repellent.

• Keep repellent with you.

• Stay inside at dawn and dusk.

• Wear long sleeves and long pants when possible.

• Also, protect the inside of your home. Check for tears in window screens and gaps around the window frame, and make sure all doors are properly sealed.