Reduce the Threat of Mosquito-borne Illnesses

Mosquitoes long have been taking a bite out of warm-weather fun. Now, that bite carries with it the danger of West Nile virus and other mosquito-borne illnesses.

Protecting Workers

Employers need to identify those at greatest risk for for illness, including:

  • Outdoor workers
  • Business travelers
  • Cruise line workers
  • Mosquito control workers
  • Healthcare and laboratory workers

Employers should provide education about the risk of West Nile and other mosquito-borne illness, supply mosquito repellant and furnish clothing treated with permethrin, an insecticide. In medical centers and labs, be sure employees strictly adhere to procedures regulating the use of needles and wear personal protective equipment – gloves, gowns, masks and eye protection.

Government agencies and municipalities are urged to enact or renew mosquito abatement plans. EPA-approved treatment of ponds and standing water is one of the most common ways agencies have attacked mosquito larva.

Localized adult mosquito biological control also might include the introduction of birds, bats, dragonflies and frogs into the eco-system.

At Home

Everyone can protect themselves and their families from the threat of mosquito-borne illnesses, such as Dengue Fever and West Nile. Follow simple preventative measures:

  • To prevent mosquito bites, use Environmental Protection Agency-registered insect repellant with DEET and wear long-sleeve shirts and long pants
  • Read product labels when using insect repellant and apply as directed
  • Do not leave doors or windows propped open
  • Once a week, scrub or empty planters, birdbaths, vases and flowerpot saucers; mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water
  • Use EPA-approved indoor and outdoor flying insect spray or foggers
  • Turn on air conditioning; mosquitoes prefer warm, damp and dark spaces

More From the CDC

Visit the CDC mosquito web page for the most up-to-date information on mosquito-borne illnesses. The CDC West Nile virus page also provides comprehensive information, including:

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