Green Grass and Bug Bites: Avoid West Nile Disease

When having fun at the street fair after dusk, there is some risk of getting bug bitten even if there is no green grass in site. The Basic rules of Avoiding west nile virus Avoid being outdoors when mosquitoes are most active, between dusk and dawn. When outdoors, wear shoes and socks, long pants and a long-sleeved shirt, and apply insect repellent that includes DEET (also safe in pregnancy), picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR 3535 according to label instructions. You can find a lot of good bug info at the CDC site.  Make sure doors and windows have tight-fitting screens. Try to keep the doors and windows shut, especially at night. Eliminate all sources of standing water that can support mosquito breeding, including water in bird baths, ponds, flowerpots, wading pools and old tire. So those of us that were out at the 150th anniversary celebration should know, incubation is 3 to 14 days. It's never a great idea to take risks in pregnancy, but then again there really have only been spotty (pun intended) reports of pregnancy problems and most series not showing adverse pregnancy effects. A blood test can tell if you were infected, or had an old infection.


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