For the Weekend: Remember to Watch for the West Nile Virus

Look out for the bugs.
Look out for the bugs.

West Nile virus cases continue to ominously pop up, with victims in Fort Bend and Harris counties.

Two human cases have been found in Fort Bend.

All told, three people in the area have died from the virus, which is carried by nasty mosquitoes.

It's expected to rain a bit locally over the weekend, meaning ponding and other results that make things hospitable for the buggies that carry West Nile. From now until late September is the prime time for these dudes.

So it makes sense to protect yourself.

County officials have plenty of tips to offer, and various ways of remembering them.

There is, for instance, the "Four-D" method:

-- DUSK/DAWN are the times of day you should try to stay indoors. This is when infected mosquitoes are most active.

-- DRESS in long sleeves and pants when you're outside. For extra protection, you may want to spray thin clothing with repellent.

-- DEET (N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide) is an ingredient to look for in your insect repellent. Follow label instructions, and always wear repellent when outdoors. Reapply as you would with suncreen, after sweating and swimming.

-- DRAIN standing water in your backyard and neighborhood - old tires, flowerpots, and clogged rain gutters. These are mosquito-breeding sites.

These tips seem as good as any, although more extensive precautions and FAQs can be found here.

Just read up and be safe.


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