JOINT BASE ANACOSTIA-BOLLING, D.C. -- Public Health would like for everyone to enjoy the remaining weeks of their summer and also remember to protect themselves from mosquitoes.
Mosquitoes can transmit infections including West Nile Virus. West Nile Virus is firmly established in this region of the country. The disease can cause fevers, headaches, body aches, vomiting, and skin rash. However, the vast majority of people develop no symptoms.
A couple of minutes of effective prevention can go a long way in preventing West Nile transmission. Always be aware of potential threats and take the proper precautions in order to avoid mosquitoes.
Remember the five D's of prevention:
- Dusk and Dawn: Avoid being outdoors when mosquitoes are most active
- Dress: Cover your skin with protective clothing
- DEET: Protect bare skin with mosquito repellent
- Drain: Empty containers holding stagnant water in which mosquitoes breed, including any areas where water collects such as flower pots, pool covers and grill covers