Rift Valley Fever Mosquito Bites
Preventing Rift valley fever starts with preventing mosquito bites.
Guidelines to Prevent Mosquito Bites
- Apply insect repellent to exposed skin.
- Wear insect repellent clothing.
- Apply DEET repellants to clothing.
- Consider staying indoors at dawn, dusk, and in the early evening.
- Install or repair window and door screens so that mosquitoes cannot get indoors.
- Place mosquito netting over infant carriers when you are outdoors with infants.
- Repellents may irritate the eyes and mouth, so avoid applying repellent to the hands of children.
- Remove standing water: empty water from flowerpots, pet bowls, clogged rain gutters, swimming pool covers, etc.
- When possible, wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants when outdoors.
Continue to Rift Valley Fever Outlook
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