Utah Wildlife News
Wednesday, 30 September 2009 14:35
This fall's waterfowl hunt starts Saturday
Photo by Phil Douglass
As you gather your equipment for the opening of Utah's waterfowl hunt, don't forget to toss in some mosquito spray that has DEET in it.
Even though the number of people who have been infected with West Nile virus (WNV) is small, the threat that you might contract the virus still exists.
"There are still WNV-carrying mosquitoes around," says Jodee Summers, epidemiologist with the Utah Department of Health. "This type of mosquito is a prominent biter of people who spend time in marshy areas."
You can protect yourself by spraying your skin with a mosquito repellant that contains DEET or picaridin. And make sure you wear long sleeve shirts and long pants.
For more information, visit www.health.utah.gov/epi/diseases/wnv/Fact_Sheet/FS_05_2008.htm.
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