Saint Louis Encephalitis Prevention
Prevention of St. Louis encephalitis includes:
- Wear long sleeve shirts and pants, and a hat.
- Wear insect repellent clothing.
- Avoid wooded areas where insect live.
- Consider staying indoors at dawn, dusk, and in the early evening.
- Install window and door screens so that mosquitoes cannot get indoors.
- Remove standing water:
- Empty water from flowerpots, pet bowls, clogged rain gutters, swimming pool covers, etc.
- Use insect repellents on clothing and exposed skin.
- Insect repellents that contain DEET
- Insect repellents that contain permethrin
- Repellents may irritate the eyes and mouth.
- Avoid applying repellent to the hands of children.
Continue to Saint Louis Encephalitis Complications
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