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Avoid Risk of Mosquito Borne Disease This Summer

West Nile virus has been confirmed in both Minnesota and North Dakota this season. 

There is a risk of contracting West Nile virus anytime mosquitoes are active.

Health and Human Services recommends the use of insect repellent registered with the Environmental Protection Agency that contain ingredients such as DEET, picaridin, IR3535, oil of lemon eucalyptus, PMD, 2-undecanone and permethrin (on clothing). 

Wearing protective clothing outdoors such as long-sleeved shirts, long pants and socks can limit exposure to mosquitoes. Outdoor activities should be avoided between dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most likely to bite. Eliminating standing water in containers where mosquitoes can lay their eggs is also recommended. Install or repair screens on windows and doors to keep mosquitoes out of residences. 

Most people infected with West Nile virus experience no symptoms. Those who develop symptoms commonly report fever, headache, body/joint aches or rash. People who develop severe illness may experience stiff neck, altered mental status, paralysis, coma and possibly death.