Summer's here, and it is more important than ever to protect yourself from pesky mosquito bites. Not only are bites uncomfortable, but the mosquito that bites you may also give you West Nile virus.
West Nile virus is mainly transmitted to people through the bite of an infected mosquito. Most people infected with the virus have no symptoms or they have flu-like symptoms, such as fever, headache, body aches and fatigue. Sometimes though, the virus can cause severe illness, including meningitis and encephalitis.
The chances of getting West Nile virus from an infected mosquito are low. While anyone can become infected with West Nile virus, the risk of severe illness increases with age. Protect yourself and your family from mosquito bites!
Using insect repellent helps stop mosquito bites that may give you West Nile virus, so you and your family can continue to work and play outdoors with greater peace of mind.
Yes. Insect repellents containing DEET are safe when used as directed. DEET has been safely used in North America for more than 40 years. Use only insect repellents that have a P.C.P. Act number on either the front or back of the bottle. This number means the product has been approved in Canada.
Mosquitoes can bite anytime-day or night. Contact your local public health authority to find out when you are most at risk.