There is no vaccine against Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) or West Nile Virus (WNV) for humans. While there have been only a few documented cases of these illnesses in mosquitoes in Virginia in 2012, it is still important to protect yourself from mosquitoes when you are enjoying the grounds at your apartment in Lynchburg, VA or while enjoying outdoor activities.
Reducing exposure to mosquitoes is the best defense against infection with EEE and WNV and other mosquito-borne viruses. There are several approaches you and your family can use to prevent and control mosquito-borne diseases.
- Use insect repellant with the smallest percentage of DEET necessary for the length of time you are exposed to mosquitoes, follow manufacturer’s directions when using repellants.
- Wear long, loose and light-colored clothing.
- Have secure, intact screens on windows and doors to keep mosquitoes out.
- Turn over or remove containers on your porch or patio where water collects, such as potted plant trays and buckets and toys.
- If possible, stay indoors when mosquitoes are biting