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Prevent Mosquito Bites for Your Family, Including Pets

Posted: Tuesday, June 30th, 2015 at 6:21 am
Author: Sally Y. Hart - KCII News

Fifteen people in Iowa tested positive for West Nile Virus last year. The mosquito-borne illness has symptoms that include headaches, joint pains, vomiting and fevers. According to the Iowa Department of Public Health, most people recover completely but fatigue and weakness can last for weeks or months.

It is recommended that people wear an insect repellent containing DEET or oil of lemon eucalyptus, especially from dusk to dawn.

Amber Talbot, director of PAWS and More Animal Shelter, reminds pet owners to also care for their dogs during mosquito season with a preventative, as dogs can get heart worms from mosquitoes. Mosquitoes breed in stagnant water from birdbaths to old tires to pet bowls. Standing water should be eliminated.

In addition, people should wear light colored, long sleeved shirts and pants.

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